[extropy-chat] WTA matters

Joseph Bloch transhumanist at goldenfuture.net
Thu Jan 12 23:14:46 UTC 2006

Absolutely correct. He is webmaster for the Russian Transhumanist 
Movement (an official WTA local chapter), and a frequent poster on the 
official WTA discussion lists and contributor to the events listed on 
the main page of the WTA.

But he is not on the board.


Jeff Medina wrote:

>Some wires got crossed in the communication lines: Danila Medvedev IS
>NOT on the board of the WTA.
>On 1/12/06, Samantha Atkins <sjatkins at mac.com> wrote:
>>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immediately withdrawn all association with WTA.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:
>>>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
>>>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
>>>Board, I'll close the election today.
>>>James Hughes Ph.D.
>>>Executive Director
>>>World Transhumanist Assoc.   Inst. for Ethics & Emerging Tech.
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>Jeff Medina
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