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I think that Frank Herbert's points were these: Everyone is different, with different varying abilities. You might be good at math, I might not be. I might learn by doing, you might learn by reading. When people try to force people to meet a one size fits all standard so that everyone will be equal, it ends up creating injustices. Example: I'm not ...


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In fact, I believe attempts to create some abstract equalization create a morass of injustices that rebound on the equalizers. Equal justice and equal opportunity are ideals we should seek, but we should recognize that humans administer the ideals and that humans do not have equal ability." Caveat: my answer's main point is pretty similar to @TheLeopard's ...


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It's not an interesting quote politically or otherwise, because it's obvious. SF writers of Herbert's generation were prone to issuing frank and chronic updates of their educational misadventures. Herbert meant that his earlier too literal reading of a certain Jeffersonian premise eventually led him to a somewhat less over-literal interpretation. (Herbert'...


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The bit concerning you seems to be humans do not have equal ability. That is manifestly true though. Some people are strong, some are fast, some are smarter, some more intuitive. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses and some are strong in many areas, others are weak in many. For example a special forces soldier has to be strong, fast, ...


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And, when searching for more info about my own question, I found at least one person: For instance, Rev. Thomas Scott Painter R-FL, the blogger at GOPchristian.blogspot.com considers himself a transhumanist. Source: http://ieet.org/cybdem/2005/02/thinking-more-about-conservative.html Note that this (now inactive) blogger answered in the comment area of ...


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In the UK we had the "white heat of technology" back in the 1960s. These days the phrase is only used ironically; it brings to mind technological white elephants like Concorde, giant hovercraft and the Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor. Any politician in the UK asked about technology policy will of course say that Britain is a world-beating technological ...


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Researching for the other question, I found many interesting sources about the compatibility (or incompatiblity) of transhumanism and conservatism. First, this very interesting article from Ilia Stambler, a supporter of life extension initiatives, Life extension – a conservative enterprise? Some fin-de-siècle and early twentieth-century precursors of ...


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Libertarianism is a type of conservatism, and there are libertarian transhumanists. There's also at least one journalist of a large news source who thinks libertarianism and transhumanism are connected. You've restricted this question to self professed adherents to the ideologies, and restricted answers from defining objectively valid intersections of the ...


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I found a statement by Steven Pinker to an Argentine newspaper that in my opinion can not be more consistent with the issues expressed by Herbert. In his last TED talk Pinker affirmed that "We will never have a perfect world, and it would be dangerous to seek one", about which he expanded: We are not clones. There are biological and cultural variations ...


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