[ExI] Dismissing Shockley was Status as human motivator

Keith Henson hkeithhenson at gmail.com
Wed Apr 27 05:14:14 UTC 2011

On Tue, Apr 26, 2011 at 9:24 PM, Olga Bourlin <olga.bourlin at gmail.com> wrote:


> I found Keith's previous reply to mine so unrelentingly mean spirited
> with unexamined racism that I frankly didn't know where to begin.
> But, hey, here everybody gets a free pass.  Ayn Rand gets a free pass.
>  William Buckley gets a free pass.  The Nobel Sperm Bank probably even
> gets a free pass.  And nobody needs to concern themselves with the
> conservatives spewing their coded racism around the airwaves these
> days. Why?  Well, because, as Keith went on to explain in his defense
> of the racist eugenecist Shockley ... WHO CARES?:
> "He thought this work was important to the genetic future of the human
> species,"  For me and Extropians who think about it, this is a big WHO
> CARES!  The human species doesn't _have_ a "genetic future."   People
> are who they are in the present and genetics will be under full
> control just before genes no longer matter at all.

Defense????  Can you think of a better way to put down someone like
Shockley than to say that (given what we now understand) his concerns
are outdated and ridiculous?

If so lay it out.


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