[extropy-chat] WTA matters

Samantha Atkins sjatkins at mac.com
Thu Jan 12 22:59:08 UTC 2006

If I had noticed that Medvedev was on the board I would have  
immediately withdrawn all association with WTA.  There is no question  
abut the fact that he does not belong there and having him on the  
board is a major blunder.  This has nothing at all to do with  

- samantha

On Jan 12, 2006, at 6:11 AM, Hughes, James J. wrote:

> Since ExI is an affiliate of the WTA, and we share many members in
> common, I thought I would post my response to some of the recent
> discussion of those issues here. Voting members of the WTA are welcome
> to participate in the discussion on our list for voting members.
> ---
> Sometimes its helpful to remind ourselves what an incredibly diverse
> organization we are. We have members in 100 countries, with views that
> range from far left to far right, and many that are just  
> unchartable. We
> have every religious persuasion among our members, and many strongly
> critical of religion. Its hard to keep all that diversity moving
> together without occasional friction.
> On the matter of Danila Medvedev, the Board is currently investigating
> and reviewing the matter, and is scheduled to take up the motion to
> expel him next week. Some of his stated views are quite offensive, and
> we welcome input on whether they warrant expulsion and/or moderation.
> The relevant sections of the WTA Constitution are Article 3 Section 9
> and Article 11 Section 8:
> http://www.transhumanism.org/index.php/WTA/constitution/
> As to Mr. Cordeiro, its certainly been invigorating having him on the
> Board. I wish him well in his future endeavors. Most of his concerns
> about WTA governance have been reviewed here, and by the WTA Board,
> previously. But we can answer any questions members may have about  
> them.
> As to my personal failings, insofar as they have to do with my
> personality, my next book is about Buddhism, the neurosciences and the
> cultivation of personal virtues such as patience, compassion and
> skillful communication. The challenges of the WTA have certainly given
> me a lot of opportunity to reflect on those qualities, especially
> patience, over the last two years. If any of you have advise on ways I
> can improve my communication skills, and my work on behalf of the WTA,
> please let me know: director at transhumanism.org. Please be frank.
> Since Mr. Cordeiro has withdrawn from the Board election, we are left
> with five candidates for five positions, so, with the permission of  
> the
> Board, I'll close the election today.
> --------------------------------------------
> James Hughes Ph.D.
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> Executive Director
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