Re: The Extropian Principles

Hal (
Wed, 7 Aug 1996 21:24:13 -0700

I first joined the (original) Extropians list in August, 1991. So I
think the list must be at or near its five year old birthday.

Today I was reading some of the very old posts. Max suggested here
recently that we could repost some of those old messages, and I think I
may do so tomorrow (don't have my archives available now).
Coincidentally, my first posting was about the book "The Big Bang Never
Happened", now being discussed in the "Big Bang and Extropy" thread.

One thing I found interesting was a message from Max about the Extropian
Principles. At that time Intelligent Technology and Spontaneous Order
were not present. Instead there was Cooperative Diversity, which I think
was intended to get across a similar idea as SO. In fact maybe in some
ways that is a better term since as was pointed out here in some sense
everything that happens (non-miraculously) in the world is spontaneous,
hence governments can be thought of as examples of spontaneous order.