On Mon, Dec 11, 2023 at 12:04 AM Giulio Prisco <giu...@gmail.com> wrote:

*> I never understood why Anders left the mailing list. It seems to me that
> one day he was still posting, and the next day he wasn't. Did he ever say
> why he was about to leave the list?*

As I remember it Anders didn't say anything harsh, he just said the list
had become a little too political for his taste but politics, especially
libertarian politics, had been one of the main topics of the list since the
day I joined on 29 Sep 1993, so there must've been more to it than that.
Anders was always been extremely polite even when addressing somebody who
was obviously a nincompoop, and I don't think it was a coincidence that he
left just about the time Trumpism began its ugly rise, so although I can't
be certain what was going on inside his head I think what Anders meant was
the list had become too lunatic right wing.

I should've followed his lead and quit at the same time but I didn't
because, although I know it may be a character flaw, the fact is I enjoy
arguing with people who disagree with me, and the better the argument they
can give me the more I enjoy it. So I stayed until they kicked me off.

 John K Clark    See what's on my new list at  Extropolis

> On Sun, Dec 10, 2023 at 9:59 PM John Clark <johnkcl...@gmail.com> wrote:
>> The British newspaper the Financial Times has an article about the impact
>> the Extropian List has had on the way people think about AI and it includes
>> an interview with Anders Sandberg, he joined that list in the mid-1990s
>> about the same time I did, but he was smarter than me, he left about a year
>> before I was kicked off.
>> You can listen to it here:
>> https://www.ft.com/content/8e6d370d-f78e-4889-be35-e263d248e370
>> Or read a transcript of it here:
>> https://www.ft.com/content/14123e16-25ab-45f1-912d-34ffcf0c8177

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