[ExI] In memoriam

John Grigg possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com
Fri May 8 22:19:59 UTC 2015

Anders, what a deeply bittersweet memory!  I never got the chance to meet
Sasha in person, but I had some very nice email exchanges with him.  I
remember that he offered me a high end job in the IT field, but I was not
sufficiently qualified.  Hey, now I could go on about preparation and

The person I painfully miss, though I only met him in person once, was
Robert Bradbury.  He made it possible for me to attend Extropy 5, where I
had many wonderful experiences, including seeing him "hold court" for hours
among young people, around a large table at the conference hotel.  The man
was to me my "transhumanist big brother," and I was shocked to find out
that at such a relatively young age, he died of a stroke.

I wish he were still alive, sharing opinionated posts on the Extropy list,
and attending transhumanist conferences to share his intelligence and
charisma with everyone.

I hope in some form I get to one day see him again.



On Fri, May 8, 2015 at 2:29 PM, Anders Sandberg <anders at aleph.se> wrote:

> I got reminded today that it was 15 years since Sasha Chislenko left our
> community.
> I decided to upload a recent picture of the Tanner Fountain at Harvard in
> memory of him: https://flic.kr/p/sgD5EY
> Whenever I visualize regret, I think of this fountain.
> In 1999 I visited Boston, staying with Alexander Chislenko. He took me to
> the fountain and suggested I'll dance with him in the mist. Shyly I
> refused, watching him dance among the rocks. I told myself that there would
> be other opportunities.
> But May 8 2000 he died. I will never get a chance to properly take him up
> on his offer to celebrate life and spontaneity.
> So next time someone offers a dance in a fountain, take the chance.
> Anders Sandberg, Future of Humanity Institute Philosophy Faculty of Oxford
> University
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