Re: The Extropian Principles

Eric Watt Forste (
Wed, 21 Aug 1996 11:18:41 -0700 (PDT)

On Wed, 21 Aug 1996, Russell Whitaker wrote:
> Eric and Max:
> Knowing Tom, I'm sure he meant it tongue-in-cheek when he said it, and
> I seconded it in similar humour.

Then I guess I'm the real sex maniac, since I was giving it serious
consideration as a rhetorically effective mnemonic! ;)

> > >I'm wary of this particular mnemonic because extropians are already being
> > >accused of being sex maniacs in other forums.
> >
> > Or else of hating sex and anything physical!
> Eric: in which forums are extropians being accused of such unspeakable
> things?

On the transhumanist list, where a small minority of the list members
(perhaps just one or two) are waging a holy war against a future given
over to trans-party-animals.

But of course Max is right... I've also seen reactions from
non-transhumanists who assume that extropians are some sort of high-tech
ascetics, and who equate uploading with a desire for gonadectomy.

Sex is just one of those difficult issues: no matter what stance you
adopt toward it, you're sure to offend someone.