[extropy-chat] transhumanism=doomsday cult b.s?

The Avantguardian avantguardian2020 at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 31 08:46:53 UTC 2007

Maybe... but what's the alternative? Claiming to
worship a carpenter who died over two millenia ago in
order to conform? The very same carpenter whose words
are conveniently ignored by those who would use
forgiveness as an excuse to do evil?

Are you a sceptic enough to debunk your own existence,
Mr. Osborne?   

--- "kevin.osborne" <kevin.osborne at gmail.com> wrote:

> tell me if I'm wrong but:
> - is transhumanism just another refuge for
> norm-rejecting
> fringe-dwellers seeking yet another
> hippie/indie/alternative refuge
> from their non-conformity?
> - is it just another 'salvation' cult for
> ex-fundamental religious
> nutjobs who've found that atheism, too, might
> provide them with
> eternal life in the kingdom of (upload-)heaven?
> - is all the 'existential risk' and 'friendly a.i'
> gibbering just yet
> another doomsday cult squealing 'the end is nigh!'
> in their wearable
> billboards?
> - is the brain-mod and bod-mod culture just yet
> another terminus for
> the neurotic masses who buy 'self-help' and 'lose
> body fat!'
> be-someone-better books?
> - are we all being seduced by the new 'second
> coming' a.k.a 'the
> singularity' where all the true believers will be
> saved and transcend
> to eden?
> - in a sub-culture that on the surface espouses
> rationalism, are we in
> fact in danger of blindly drinking the fanboy
> kool-aid of a fantasy
> future that may in fact be far beyond our means as a
> collective?
> - are we simply feeding the coffers of 'faction'
> SF-writers and
> providing unwarranted attention to run-of-the-mill
> nutjobs who just
> happen to sell future shock as their 'chicken
> little' axe-to-grind?
> feel free to go off like a firecracker, I'm clearly
> trolling. as a
> wannabe-sceptic with a history of gulliblity I'm
> trying to sound out
> some querulous(possibly pernicious) points that
> inquire as to the
> nudity of our little extropian emperor...
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Stuart LaForge
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