Re: The current definition of "extropy"

Michael Butler (
Mon, 16 Dec 1996 11:12:44 PST

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.
I agreee completely re: pseudoprecision. This way to the E-meter,
please. :)

"Metaphor"? Umm, I'm not sure that's right. Rule of thumb, perhaps?

Hmm. Is there a convenient shorthand label for "something I can
evaluate but can't put on a pan balance"? How about _heuristic_?

One of my favorite rules of thumb is that "effort moves toward what
is measured--even (*especially*) when one is not conscious of the
measuring process". And of course, all measures are only estimates.

MMB, at but not for OCC