[extropy-chat] Re: Recipe for Destruction - Joy/Kurzweil NYTimes Op-Ed

Joel Peter William Pitt joel.pitt at gmail.com
Tue Oct 18 22:28:25 UTC 2005

On 10/19/05, Russell Wallace <russell.wallace at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 10/18/05, The Avantguardian <avantguardian2020 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> >
> > Do you think putting MORE restrictions on scientists
> > will make them LESS likely to use their knowledge to
> > attempt to overthrow a system whose corruption is more
> > obvious to them than to the average citizen?
> Did you read the 80% of my post where I explained at length that one of
> the reasons I'm troubling to say all this is precisely that I think the
> world would be safer if we could _avoid_ a situation where the public
> decides it needs yet more government regulation to forcibly prevent
> scientists doing dangerous things?

The majority of the public is controlled by the media. What we need is for
the media to be more responsible instead of scaremongering the public by
making such a big deal about the public release of a viral genome.

Of course, scaremongering gets viewers/readers, so media responsibility
isn't gonna happen.

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