[ExI] Dealing with transhumanism bashing

Alan Grimes ALONZOTG at verizon.net
Thu Jun 27 01:47:49 UTC 2013

John Clark wrote:
> On Sun, Jun 23, 2013 at 1:34 PM, Alan Grimes <ALONZOTG at verizon.net 
> <mailto:ALONZOTG at verizon.net>> wrote:
>     > My contention is that 96% of the existing human population would
>     prefer to live the way they are now, with only modest upgrades.
> I think that's probably true (I would have said 99% but never mind), 
> that would mean that 4% want radical pedal to the metal upgrading, and 
> that would mean that only 4% have even a fighting chance of surviving 
> the singularity meat grinder. If anyone has a wish to survive they 
> must shed the silly superstitions regarding identity and consciousness 
> that are epidemic in society and even infects most members of this 
> very list. If they can do that then there would be no reason not to 
> upload and upgrade just as fast as they can, and if they are then also 
> very lucky they just might survive. Maybe.

Precisely what part of you do you propose would survive such a scenario?

> Yes, I don't know exactly what the singularity will be like but I do 
> know that enormous forces will be unleashed, forces so powerful they 
> could prove to be very very dangerous to the weak, and perhaps even to 
> the strong. You have about a 0% chance of controlling what happens 
> during the singularity, the best you can hope for is to survive it.

We gotta work on changing that 0% figure. =|


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