[extropy-chat] The meme of transhumanism
hkhenson at rogers.com
Tue Mar 6 15:01:41 UTC 2007
At 10:23 AM 3/5/2007 -0500, Terry wrote:
>My reply : Memes/knowledge behave like genes according to Richard
>Dawkins in that both processes involved replication.
Taken cautiously, that's correct. Replication, variation and selection are
of course the processes of evolution.
>Transhumanism is a meme yet to be tested in the world of ideas to see
>if it works to liberate the mind from psychological stress.
I think you miss the point of memes and genes. While there *is* a feedback
from reality, memes and genes are "successful" or not based on how well
they spread. It isn't a measure of the success of a meme to "liberate the
mind from psychological stress."
Quite the opposite can occur as when Dawkins talks about the co-propagate
of the god/hellfire memes.
>meme's objective is extropy, why does it proclaims itself as absolutely
>infallible in connection with science when the latter does not claim
I was not aware that extropy and/or transhumanism claimed "absolute
infallibility." Do you have a source for this remarkable claim?
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