RE: Positive Transcension 2

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Sun Feb 22 2004 - 21:07:33 MST

Heck, observe the legal harassment currently being inflected on Alcor:

And they're not Transcending people, they're just freezing corpses in hopes
of eventual revivification!!

No one is done any harm if I voluntarily have my corpse frozen -- yet there
are a lot of people dead set on taking away my legal right to do so.

-- Ben G

> -----Original Message-----
> From: []On Behalf Of Peter C.
> McCluskey
> Sent: Sunday, February 22, 2004 4:39 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: Positive Transcension 2
> (Philip Sutton) writes:
> >Frankly I doubt if anyone will care if humanity evolves or transcends to
> >a higher state of being so long as it's voluntary. To a
> timeless observer
> Most people will care because they have a strong desire to maximise
> their relative status. If you doubt that, try imagining whether our
> ancestors' reproductive success was increased if they tried harder to
> increase their relative status.
> Unless we find a way for everyone who wants to to transcend at the same
> time, or ensure that the transcendents don't look superior to those left
> behind, this will be a serious source of conflict.
> --
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> Peter McCluskey | "To announce that there must be no criticism of
> | the President, or that we are to stand by the
> | President right or wrong, is not only
> unpatriotic
> | and servile, but morally treasonable to the
> | American public." - Theodore Roosevelt

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