Re: The current definition of "extropy"

Michael Butler (
Tue, 17 Dec 1996 11:35:13 PST

It just occurred to me this morning what you meant by "metaphor" when
you wrote:

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 said something like _heuristic_ or _rule of thumb_ would be better.
But I think what you meant above was that the relationship between
"extropy" and "entropy" is a figurative one, and that (in effect)
"extropy" has something of a metaphorical rather than a literal
correspondence to "negentropy". Have I got that right?

Apologies if this is flogging a dead horse.

MMB, at but nor for OCC

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