Re: Anti-singularity spam.

From: Russell Wallace (
Date: Thu Apr 13 2006 - 09:19:54 MDT

On 4/13/06, Robin Lee Powell <> wrote:
> This appears to have been straight-up spam, and as such I'm doing a
> Bad Thing by forwarding it, but it's obviously SL4 related, in as
> much as we need to know our enemy. Or at least our loons.

It does strike me as on topic for the list, but I don't know "enemy" is the
right word, much less "loon". I haven't read the book, but based on that
summary I suspect the author should be counted as our friend. One thing that
seems to be on an exponentially rising curve is the amount of hysteria
whipped up by both the more extreme Singularitarians and plain crackpots
glomming onto the Singularity and related memes. This in turn strongly
supports and encourages the luddite faction in similar hysteria of their
own. I don't know where it's going to end up, but an atmosphere composed of
a mixture of religious rapture, fear and paranoia is about the worst one you
could have for making rational decisions. Throwing a dose of cold realism
over the flames strikes me as about the most constructive thing that could
be done right now.

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