[extropy-chat] C 101 Meta

Keith Henson hkhenson at rogers.com
Sun Mar 5 08:03:46 UTC 2006

At 04:17 PM 3/4/2006 -0600, you wrote:
>Please take _____ discussions off list.
>Thank you,

Ok, but the consequences may be like a math list that can no longer mention 
the number 3 or Taylor's method.

Part of the problem is that ____'s are a manifestation of M's.  Do we need 
to drop mention of M as well?

Correct me if I am wrong here, but Extropians hold a particular positive 
view of what they would like the future to be like.

To get there, we will have to bootstrap to that future with what we have, 
that is social primates who evolved in hunter gatherer bands where most of 
the members were relatives.

This evolution has left the social primates known as humans with at least a 
score and perhaps more psychological traits--some of which are switched on 
by very specific environment conditions.  Capture bonding.  Traits leading 
to wars and related social disruptions.  Mothers bonding to infants.  The 
side effects of brain chemistry known as drug addiction.  And the 
manifestation known as ______s

Taking an engineering view of the bootstrap, it is critical to understand 
the characteristics of the substance you are trying to work with, 
especially to know how it can fail or rot out right in front of you.  To be 
specific, your cathedral building project can get derailed by the masons 
going off on a crusade.

Now I surely understand a ban on advocating a particular cult, the list 
moderators rightly bounced the Raelian.  But what I have written can hardly 
be called advocating, and using that ____ as a specific example should 
less, not more disturbing than my previous post.

I admit it is offensive.  So are sewers.  But if you are going to build a 
city you better have one.


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