[extropy-chat] Join: Jeff Herrlich

Samantha Atkins sjatkins at gmail.com
Fri Mar 24 00:17:22 UTC 2006

Hey Jeffrey,

Welcome!  At 25 not many of us thought about such things or the equivalents
that were bandied about however many decades ago that age was for us.  :-)

It is a lot to take in.  The imminent rapid change of one's world cannot
help but produce a bit of anxious feelings.  It would be more irrational not
to experience such and would likely show that you just didn't get it yet.
It wears off a bit after a while and we start looking for where we can
contribute or best position ourselves.  I am impressed that you are
contributing, especially on a student budget, this quickly.

Technical knowledge is something that can be gained over time if you have
the interest.  Don't sell yourself short by attempting to evaluate your
general intelligence so soon.  Many has been the proven uber-geek filled
with doubts as to ability, especially when young.   Self-confidence and raw
aptitude are not highly correlated.

- samantha

On 3/23/06, A B <austriaaugust at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm a brand new member, so thought I'd include a short bio. My name is
> Jeffrey Raymond Herrlich, I'm 25 yo, living in Corpus Christi, Texas. Taking
> a few college courses. I first learned about the Singularity (and the
> associated concepts) around Oct. 2005 when I read Kurzweil's TSIN. It blew
> me away; before that time, I must embarrassingly admit that, I had never
> really thought about any of these issues. Now I feel acutely aware of them,
> basically to the point of a chronic mild anxiety. Is that an irrational
> thing, or do most transhumanists feel this way? Anyway, since last November,
> I've made a few small donations to SIAI and CRN - wish I could do more -
> currently buying the occasional lottery ticket ;) I joined the SL4 mailing
> list, but I'm now beginning to face the fact that I'm just not on that level
> of technical knowledge ( and probably intelligence ) and I think my posts
> there aren't very useful. Hopefully, I'll be q! ualified before too long.
> Besides, my opinions tend to be more philosophical than scientific. Well
> anyway, just wanted to introduce myself.
> Best Wishes,
> Jeffrey Herrlich
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