From: micah glasser (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Sun Feb 12 2006 - 13:23:44 MST
I think it is important to note that McKenna explicitly denied that he was a
'new ager' and that he believed he was strictly a rationalist. I won't
defend McKenna's theories but I will say that because he believed himself to
be a rationalist his theories should be confronted, and if possible refuted,
with reason and not mere ad hominum name calling. I believe McKenna deserved
that much respect.
On 2/12/06, Shane Legg <email@example.com> wrote:
> As predicted by some of you, these people are indeed associated with
> the ideas of Terence McKenna, in fact a speaker at their conference is
> none other than Terence's brother Dennis. This surprised me as the
> information page for the Live Journal community where all this is taking
> place is full of links to KurzweilAI, intelligence.org, yudkowsky.net and so
> As the concept of the singularity is already viewed as rather fringe,
> it may be worth keeping an eye out for this kind of thing, least the
> the association with new age thinking takes root in the public mind.
> After all, the new age movement has a massive media presence with
> whole sections of book shops dedicated to the topic. It would only
> take a few prominent new age authors to adopt the singularity, and
> our already precarious public image would be seriously damaged.
-- I swear upon the alter of God, eternal hostility to every form of tyranny over the mind of man. - Thomas Jefferson
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