Re: Flesh: what is it good for?

Anders Sandberg (
Wed, 4 Sep 1996 17:01:44 +0200 (MET DST)

On Wed, 4 Sep 1996 wrote:

> As for uploading and becoming von neuman machines.
> Honestly, am I the only extropian who likes the flesh?
> Maybe I should form a faction of tech fiends who are
> sleazy enough to appreciate the aesthetics and primal joy
> of a fit sweaty body.

Ouch, a bio-lover! Come, cybergnostic paladins! We must upload a heathen!

> Maybe I'm just an immortalist who
> thinks the whole universe should be our domain. I guess I
> wouldn't mind being able to have alternate _identities_ of
> man, machine, cyborg, virtual entity--but I certainly don't
> want to be constrained to one.

I agree with you, although I will probably base my existence on being a
highly portable information-structure with no fixed physical location or
body. I have a certain distaste for *having* to live in the flesh; I want
to live in a comfortable and useful body, without having to deal with the
vagaries of evolution.

But I really understand that many are not as interested in abandoning
their biological bodies; they have their charm too.

Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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