[extropy-chat] Interesting comment on a blog

Giu1i0 Pri5c0 pgptag at gmail.com
Tue Dec 5 11:27:57 UTC 2006

What I found interesting and worth reporting is the last sentence,
which may sadly be correct:
"If we can not handle people who look a little bit different
from us, ir decorate their bodies a little bit differently, how will
we handle people who look nothing like us, or do not have human bodies
at all? It is no accident, I think, that in the Matrix, is is the
humans, not the machines, who (literally) throw the first stone."

On 12/5/06, Anders Sandberg <asa at nada.kth.se> wrote:
> 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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