[ExI] yet another ethical dilemma

Mike Dougherty msd001 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 5 02:06:50 UTC 2013

On Wed, Sep 4, 2013 at 7:21 PM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:

> Mike this is a case where exactly one person other than me would be
> interested in knowing it.  Kelly and Adrian may have clued me
> sufficiently.  Currently unless someone talks me out of it, I am inclined
> to gently suggest a possible explanation to my cousin without going into
> gory details about the behavior of the Union troops, and give her the name
> of one of my ancestors who is likely common to all those white cousins she
> found.
> ** **
> I see no compulsion to write about it in the family book.****
> ** **
> It will be interesting to see what she does with the info if she does just
> a little digging.  Will she tell her cousins they probably have no former
> slaves in their past?  Will she tell them to review their high school
> history texts in the chapter called “Sherman’s March to the Sea” or google
> on it?****
> ** **
> I will likely pass along the info, but I can see plenty of downside to
> it.  I have no control over that info once it gets free.  Ja I know
> information wants to be free.  But once it is, that information is free to
> kick anyone’s ass it wants. ****
That's why I asked about your policy (principle) on the matter.  Whether
it's one person on one billion people, does it change how you feel about
"information freedom" ?

I didn't post it earlier, but I still have a mental picture of Prometheus
deciding if he grants humanity fire for all the good that it does when used
responsibly or keep us from the pain of being burned?  fire is an analogy
for knowledge.
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.extropy.org/pipermail/extropy-chat/attachments/20130904/bb6b7829/attachment.html>

More information about the extropy-chat mailing list