The current definition of "extropy"

Max More (
Mon, 16 Dec 1996 01:26:16 -0700 (MST)

The definition of "extropy" has evolved over time. If there's to be a
discussion of it, it would be good to begin with the most current version,
as printed in Extropy #17. That definition says nothing about a "measure". I
took that out because it implies some kind of metric, while the concept of
"extropy" was never intended to be a technical term. There's already a term
for that -- "negentropy".

The current definition is" "Extropy -- the extent of a person's or a
culture's intelligence, information, vitality, diversity, opportunity, and
[personal] growth." "Personal" might be removed since it fits with person
but not very well with culture.

While I'm all in favor of tuning up this definition, I caution against
trying for a pseudo-precision. It's not a scientific measure. Its a metaphor
the the kinds of things we value, and for the overcoming of human limits in
a perpetual process of improvement.

Note: While I have been giving the definitions for years, it was Tom Morrow
who originally coined the term based on our discussions together, not me.


Max More, Ph.D.
President, Extropy Institute, Editor, Extropy,
(310) 398-0375