[extropy-chat] Join: Jeff Herrlich

A B austriaaugust at yahoo.com
Fri Mar 24 00:49:50 UTC 2006

Hi Samantha,
  Thanks for the encouraging words. I'm going to follow some recent wise advice and retire back to lurking for a little while longer, I hope not to disappoint when I reappear  :-)

Samantha Atkins <sjatkins at gmail.com> wrote:
  Hey Jeffrey,

Welcome!  At 25 not many of us thought about such things or the equivalents that were bandied about however many decades ago that age was for us.  :-)

It is a lot to take in.  The imminent rapid change of one's world cannot help but produce a bit of anxious feelings.  It would be more irrational not to experience such and would likely show that you just didn't get it yet.  It wears off a bit after a while and we start looking for where we can contribute or best position ourselves.  I am impressed that you are contributing, especially on a student budget, this quickly. 

Technical knowledge is something that can be gained over time if you have the interest.  Don't sell yourself short by attempting to evaluate your general intelligence so soon.  Many has been the proven uber-geek filled with doubts as to ability, especially when young.   Self-confidence and raw aptitude are not highly correlated. 

- samantha

  On 3/23/06, A B <austriaaugust at yahoo.com> wrote:       Hello,
  I'm a brand new member, so thought I'd include a short bio. My name is Jeffrey Raymond Herrlich, I'm 25 yo, living in Corpus Christi, Texas. Taking a few college courses. I first learned about the Singularity (and the associated concepts) around Oct. 2005 when I read Kurzweil's TSIN. It blew me away; before that time, I must embarrassingly admit that, I had never really thought about any of these issues. Now I feel acutely aware of them, basically to the point of a chronic mild anxiety. Is that an irrational thing, or do most transhumanists feel this way? Anyway, since last November, I've made a few small donations to SIAI and CRN - wish I could do more - currently buying the occasional lottery ticket ;) I joined the SL4 mailing list, but I'm now beginning to face the fact that I'm just not on that level of technical knowledge ( and probably intelligence ) and I think my posts there aren't very useful. Hopefully, I'll be q! ualified before too long. Besides, my opinions tend to be
 more philosophical than scientific. Well anyway, just wanted to introduce myself.
  Best Wishes,
  Jeffrey Herrlich



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