[ExI] Golden Age

Ben Zaiboc ben at zaiboc.net
Mon Aug 9 10:57:16 UTC 2021

On 08/08/2021 23:08, Darin Sunley wrote:
> What happened is we won. The most bizarre, normie-freaking 
> future-shocking far-out speculations that were the meat and potatoes 
> of this list flowed outwards and became the water western civilization 
> is currently swimming in.

The 'Golden Age' of transhumanist/futurist thought in the UK used to be 
the days when it was 'six guys in a pub' (one of them was Aubrey de 
Grey), talking about stuff that most people would, (and many did), 
dismiss as science-fiction. Now there are thousands, if not hundreds of 
thousands, of people of all ages, interested and talking about this 
stuff, who realise it's not fiction at all. There are dozens of student 
transhumanist societies here, and these ideas are spreading out like 
ripples into wider society. The six guys have gone their separate ways 
now, and the Penderell's Oak on High Holborn is no longer Transhumanist 
Central UK.

That's a good thing. It's progress.

So I don't think we should be bemoaning the fact that the Ex-Chat list 
isn't one of the very few places that extropians/transhumanists hang out 
anymore, we should be celebrating it.


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