[ExI] Religions and silliness

darren shawn greer dgreer_68 at hotmail.com
Tue Aug 17 03:34:51 UTC 2010

>Drugs grow on trees?  Yes, some of them do, in fact. And some come from insects. And elsewhere in the natural world.> Since when is mere need a license to take from others?  Perhaps when the scale of loss, death and destruction is so great that to not give it de-stabilizes the entire planet? Our own governments give 25 billion in aid to Africa a year. We also fund the development of drugs that some companies turn around and sell back to them (as many of us can't afford them) at ridiculous prices. Does this make sense?> . . . are you sure you want to live in a world where whatever you produce by your own effort at non-zero cost can be demanded whenever anyone anywhere needs it without  compensation?  Think about it. I don't think I said this. I don't even think Clinton said this. Yet there seems to be a pervading posthuman/transhuman ideal for improving the lives of humans through technology. Or is there only an ideal that can improve it for those who can afford it? Read Donna Harroway or Rosi Bridotti's essay on Theory, Culture and Society. http://tcs.sagepub.com/content/23/7-8/197.full.pdf+html.  They don't refer explicitly to the free market, but they do discuss indviduation in a posthuman context.  If the renaissance-inspired ideas of human ontology are being questioned by posthuman thinkers, then so is the idea of the individual. And so by extension is the free-market economy.Darren
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.-Alfred Lord Tennyson

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