Re: Plant Humans

Anders Sandberg (
Wed, 11 Dec 1996 17:18:57 +0100 (MET)

On Wed, 11 Dec 1996, J de Lyser wrote:

> >Ryman's story is "a bit more subtle than that"; but, while the society
> >is definitely transhuman, it's not particularly extropian. Ryman
> >summarizes it thus:
> ><... a culture that replicated itself endlessly, but which never gave
> >birth to anything new.>
> Are you implying that a more biological/environmental approach to
> transhumanism in general would be a path that ultimately leads to stagnation ?

I don't think the poster meant it, and I don't know if the book suggests
it either. But it is quite possible to have a stagnant environmental
society, that is obvious (just as it is possible to have a stagnant
industrial society). The hard part is balancing change with stability.

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