Re: Extropian Form Letter (was: an exhortation to action)

Damien Broderick (
Mon, 02 Dec 1996 12:26:35 +1000

At 09:29 AM 12/1/96 -0600, Eli wrote:

>> completely by surprise. It didn't occur to Charlie that if
>> there was a simple surgical method to enhance
>> intelligence, with no downside, it would have long since
>> occurred as a natural mutation."

1) It didn't occur to Eliezer that FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON is not a scientific
report of an actual experiment and its sequelae but a crafted tragedy which
depends for its heartbreaking power upon that conclusion.

2) It didn't occur to anaesthesiologists that if there were a technique to
control pain, with no downside, it would long since have occured as a
natural mutation. Just as well it didn't occur to them.

Damien Broderick