[extropy-chat] Interesting comment on a blog

Anders Sandberg asa at nada.kth.se
Tue Dec 5 11:03:24 UTC 2006

Giu1i0 Pri5c0 wrote:
> Transhumanism, she says,
> can be seen as a sort of intentional sub-speciation; when two distinct
> subspecies compete in the same ecological niche for the same
> resources, conflict is often the result.

But what happens in a positive sum game? In most parts of economy (except
of course getting limited government handout money) the interactions tend
to be win-win situations. In that case conflict would not be the likely
result but rather specialisation.

> And she's right. For the bulk of human society, we have found it very
> easy to dehumanize those whose skin is a different color. Just
> recently, on another forum I read, people were expressing discomfort
> and shock because other people ink their bodies or wear jewelry in
> unconventional places, and express doubt that such people can fit into
> society in a professional way.

Yes, but this is a different kind of conflict than economical conflict.
This is just xenophobia or mistrusting/punishing people not adhering to
group norms.

Anders Sandberg,
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University

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