[extropy-chat] Humans--non-rational mode

Russell Wallace russell.wallace at gmail.com
Fri Mar 10 06:05:37 UTC 2006

On 3/10/06, Lee Corbin <lcorbin at tsoft.com> wrote:
> I'm sure that I speak for many when I say that my immortal
> purposes involve doing away with my genes altogether. So
> it doesn't matter what *my* purposes are. The important
> question is "Have the human genes made a TERRIFIC mistake,
> not only in immolating themselves, but in destroying all
> DNA on Earth?"  Most likely answer is "Yes, they have."
> Because the odds are very against humanity just simply
> puttering along in its present bio-form for much longer.

And there I disagree. The odds were always against that, and are especially
so if we fail to reach Singularity; and if nothing else, the sun would
autoclave the biosphere in a few hundred million years anyway. I don't care
so much about the technology of information storage on deoxyribonucleic acid
per se, but if I have any say in the matter (which I may not, but the odds
are at least a little better than if we'd never come down from the trees),
the essential part of the information carried in our genes will outlive the
stars themselves. Doesn't sound like a mistake to me.
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