<br><div><span class="gmail_quote">On 9/28/06, <b class="gmail_sendername">John</b> <<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>> wrote:</span><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">
This also gets me on to an important question, I think. Is it fair to take<br>religion away from some people?</blockquote><div><br>One of those "ah-ha" moments that I had 25+ years ago involved someone wise (I'm unsure of the precise individual now) saying, "Never take away someones belief system unless you are willing to replace it with an alternative."
<br><br>I still think that is a wise observation after many many years.<br><br>It is also true that one could view one of the problems with "transhumanism" is that it lacks a unified set of beliefs (principles) that could be substituted into a belief framework once one dismantles those which are problematic. That may be one reason I've always been fond of extropianism -- from a central belief valuing "information" (or complexity) one can derive many functional principles (commandments).
<br><br>It would be interesting to compare commandments from the branches of transhumanism with those of extropianism (which I would tend to think are more narrowly constrained).<br><br>For example (from an extropic framework):
<br><br>1) Information of greater complexity has greater value than information of lesser complexity.<br>2) Information in agreement with the natural laws and history of the universe has greater value than information in disagreement with the natural laws and history of the universe.
<br>3) Thou shalt seek to maximize the amount of information and its complexity in existence.<br>4) Thou shalt seek to make such information available to the greatest number of computational units to derive more information from it.
<br><br>So for example "Thou shalt not kill" derives from #3 while "Thou shalt not lie" derives from #2. But a number of other "classical" commandments have no place or are contraindicated under such guidelines.