Re: [sl4] Re: repurposing the tithe

From: Bradley Thomas (
Date: Sun Feb 14 2010 - 18:14:50 MST

I favor Richard Dawkins approach, but I still think caution is called for.
In particular, if you've not done so already, Orwell's Animal Farm is a
valuable read. I tend to think a new atheistic/agnostic order could well be
better than the old order, but not if we re-implement everything that was
detestable from the old order.

On Sun, Feb 14, 2010 at 4:49 PM, matthew houston <> wrote:

> howdy
> thoughts on the following:
> in my neck of the woods theism is rampant, namely oklahoma.
> had this idea for tithing, but of an atheistic nature,
> but actually i have donated and worked with the singularity institute,
> but as long as theism is this meme spreading about, well, the
> singularity meme will have to contend with it, so i thought that
> working to raze the ground of theism might prepare it for planting.
> planting the singularity meme.
> the underlying idea i'm having is that people freed from religion
> might thereafter seek activity with a point, and at least some of them
> will see the friendly AI effort as satisfactory.
> i personally have exorcised my girlfriend of religion, and now she's
> absorbed with the concepts of the singularity institute. in fact the
> tithing idea is hers, and generally we both like the idea of taking
> religion's tools and pointing them another way.
> lately she reports that she may exorcise someone in turn, so i'm
> 'enthused' to say the least.
> think about it...

Brad Thomas
Twitter @bradleymthomas, @instansa

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