[ExI] In memoriam

John Grigg possiblepaths2050 at gmail.com
Fri May 8 22:39:18 UTC 2015

Natasha, I will have to do an online search for that beautiful song.

I just found (refound) this wonderful tribute to Robert, by George Dvorsky.

"At a personal level, Robert Bradbury was known as a generous, driven and
often outspoken individual. His unorthodox beliefs, a hallmark of the
transhumanist and Extropian <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extropianism>
communities of which he was a big part, often translated to personal
opinions that made others uncomfortable. Bradbury never shied away from
saying things that might offend others, but this largely came from his
powerful sense of outrage towards certain issues, including the problem of
death. A radical life extension crusader, Bradbury railed against the
needless deaths of people the world over and and how society spent so
relatively few resources to address the issue."

"Not content to merely wax philosophical on heady issues, Bradbury made a
number of attempts at various tech ventures, but often to poor results. He
desperately wanted to succeed at being a technology entrepreneur, and at
the time of his passing, may have felt deep frustration at not being more
successful in this regard. He also wanted to marry and have children, but
seemed to have doubts about having a successful and lasting relationship."


John  :  )

On Fri, May 8, 2015 at 3:13 PM, <natasha at natasha.cc> wrote:

> Hi Anders,
> Memories -- I did dance with Sasha at a ExI event.  He was a fun dancer.
> I love the song, when sung by Dolly Parton:
> *I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean*
> *Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens*
> *Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance*
> *And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance*
> Natasha
> --------- Original Message ---------
> Subject: [ExI] In memoriam
> From: "Anders Sandberg" <anders at aleph.se>
> Date: 5/8/15 2:29 pm
> To: "ExI chat list" <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
> 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
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