Re: Why do we seek to transcend ourselves?

From: Michael Roy Ames (
Date: Thu Jul 25 2002 - 08:30:38 MDT

At 12:34 AM 7/25/02 -0400, Gordon Worley <> wrote:
>Anything related to reproduction. Eternal life is a good example of a
>genetic reason to develop the Singularity.

If one allows that a "genetic reason" is in some way a meaningful phrase,
then the above statement seems incorrect because:

i) if a biological being lives eternally, then the gene is 'stuck', frozen
in one form of expression... a genetic dead-end. Is that then the purpose
of genes: to find their terminus condition?

ii) if a biological being transforms itself into another substrate
(silicon?) then genetics is left behind. Genetics would then become a minor
historical fact rather than a central mechanism of the human body.

Either way, its quite an analogical stretch to ascribe reason to genetics,
as Damien neatly pointed out:

Damien Broderick <> wrote:
> Presumably you mean `eternal fecundity technologically enabled'. But
> not a *genetic* `reason' (or dynamic or favored outcome in the relevant
> search space); it's a memetic one, if one wishes to be reductive.

Michael Roy Ames

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