[ExI] transhumanist in mainstream news

Giulio Prisco giulio at gmail.com
Thu Oct 30 06:49:34 UTC 2014

Same here. If one strongly identifies with a group (family, church,
sport club, party, nation...) the boundaries if identity are blurred
and one may well place higher value on the part of his identity
external to his physical body. And that, of course has survival value
for groups.

Re libertarianism, I have never been one, but as I become older I
notice that I am becoming more and more libertarian (in the sense of
civil rights and self-ownership).

On Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 7:37 AM, Keith Henson <hkeithhenson at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 10:53 PM,  Giulio Prisco <giulio at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Sure, here's my review of Zoltan's book:
>> http://www.kurzweilai.net/book-review-the-transhumanist-wager
> Good review, thanks.
> A *long* time ago, 30 years about, I ran into one of the far edge
> Libertarians, Objectivist variation I guess.  This person (who I will
> not name) had the opinion that if it came down to him dying or the
> entire human race, the race would have to die.
> I always considered myself a lower case libertarian of the Space Cadet
> (Heinlein) variation.  But that was too much for me.  And I rather
> doubt Heinlein would have thought much of it either.
> We are not just social animals.  Evolution has wired us up to take
> risks defending the group (tribe, band) because our genes are shared.
> Under some circumstances it makes sense to take risks or even to die
> in the defense of your group.  See
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin_selection#Hamilton.27s_rule
> Keith
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