[ExI] What's in a transhumanist name? (was: YES! to Transhumanism)
eschatoon at gmail.com
Mon Jan 5 19:14:55 UTC 2009
Good point Damien. I would reword "rational equivalent to a religion"
as "rational worldview also open to artistic and spiritual
sensibilities, _including_ god-free equivalents to the hope and
meaning provided by religions for those who need them".
I construct "Order of Cosmic Engineers" as:
Cosmic = we are interested in cosmic visions, and have long term cosmic goals
Engineers = we want to see visions and achieve goals through science
Order = a frank appeal to the inner eight-year old or WoW player
I think the current name is fine, but just to brainstorm, what
alternative names would you suggest?
On Mon, Jan 5, 2009 at 4:38 PM, Damien Broderick <thespike at satx.rr.com> wrote:
> So is "The Order of Cosmic Engineers" a private, insiderly merriment, a
> piss-take as Aussies would put it? Or an attempt to offset what some see as
> a drift toward prim, watering-down normalization by the World Transhumanist
> Association? Or, indeed, a frank appeal to the inner eight-year old or WoW
> player, a PR feature not a bug?
> Since the group's intention appears to be genuinely and indeed cosmically
> serious--an attempt to build a sort of god-free and rational equivalent to a
> religion (as the Prospectus makes clear)--I suggest it's worth thinking this
> through as carefully as possible.
aka Giulio Prisco
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