[extropy-chat] How to be copied into the future?

Lee Corbin lcorbin at rawbw.com
Sun Apr 22 17:08:42 UTC 2007

Damien wrote

> From: Damien Broderick <thespike at satx.rr.com>
> Only if posthumans are godschmucked idiots will 
> they wish to retrieve Mother Teresa. 

Anyone who is not acquaited with Mother Teresa's
multitudinous sins must read Christopher Hitchens.

But does this mean that Mother Teresa should stay
dead for *all* time if the power existed to bring her
back to life?  I am reminded of Calvinist retribution.

Try to place yourself (impossibly) in the position of
vastly transcendental beings who can and do bring
back to life some human beings. Perhaps the nearest
analogy that suffices for humans now is to imagine
that you have visited a day-care center, and have
observed how obnoxious, aggressive, and unpleasant
some particular two-year old is. Would the thought
ever cross your mind that this particular two-year old
does not merit existence?

The preceding analogy is actually completely unfair to the
transcendent future beings who will possibly be making
such decisions about us!  The reason is that we are
far, far closer in mentality and understanding to two-
year olds than such transcendental entities are to us.
So if somehow you could find it in your heart to give
that two-year old another chance at life, then it 
stands to reason that future beings cannot possibly
be so harsh as to keep Mother Teresa dead forever
---if they still have even a vestige of humanity left
about them.


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