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14-04-2012, 09:46 AM
RE: Posthumanism
I have a reputation and history as a low-ranking cryonics advocate, and I used to identify myself as a "transhumanist" until I realized how badly progress towards the goal of "posthumanity" has bogged down, for complicated reasons. You can read about me here:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/60971827/Mark-...n-Cryonics


And also in an article I wrote about Robert Ettinger, "The 22nd Century Boy," in this issue of Cryonics magazine:

http://issuu.com/alcorlife/docs/cryonics_2011-4


BTW, I grew up in east Tulsa, apparently like Seth. I disagree with Seth in characterizing Oklahoma as a "midwestern" place, because I think it has more of a Southern culture. I can see the contrast when I've driven through Kansas, which has better roads and less trashy-looking rural communities. That shows the difference between a state settled mainly by Southerners (Oklahoma) versus one settled by Yankees and efficient European immigrants like Germans (Kansas).

I also have the dubious distinction of coining the word "singularitarian" about 20 years ago, which Ray Kurzweil popularized in his book The Singularity is Near. In a Galambosian system of intellectual property, he would have to pay me a royalty every time he uses my word.

As I said above, I think technological progress has decelerated substantially, so that life in the real 21st Century so far doesn't look all that "futuristic" compared with the living conditions I remember from the 1970's. The financier Peter Thiel has argued lately that this has happened because most forms of engineering since 1970 have become effectively illegal, except in computing. Just try to start a new company which builds nuclear power plants, for example. You can watch a debate between Thiel and George Gilder here:

http://youtu.be/XRrLyckg8Nc

So lately I've tried to think of ways of making cryonics successful, though even there the conditions look grim, and relatively few cryonicists seem motivated to want to improve things. Mike Darwin, one of the few remaining cryonics activists from the movement's early days, has written extensively about cryonics' problems on his website:

http://chronopause.com/
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15-04-2012, 02:25 PM
RE: Posthumanism
(14-04-2012 09:46 AM)advancedatheist Wrote:  I have a reputation and history as a low-ranking cryonics advocate, and I used to identify myself as a "transhumanist" until I realized how badly progress towards the goal of "posthumanity" has bogged down, for complicated reasons. You can read about me here:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/60971827/Mark-...n-Cryonics

Howdy, Mark. Used to be a guy over on the forums at imminst.org who called himself TheFirstImmortal. Came down with some nasty cancer while incarcerated in Maine for dealing weed and he asked for community help in coming up with the funds to freeze his sorry ass for later reconstitution. Can't appreciate why he wanted such a thing instead of just accepting ┬Čbeing but I did appreciate the opportunity he gave me to help him on his way out however I could. Pretty sure you fellas at Alcor are keeping an eye on him now. ... Sad now. I miss TheFirstImmortal. Sad

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