X-Message-Number: 16773
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2001 09:01:13 -0700 (PDT)
From: Scott Badger <>
Subject: Re: Why beings of the future *will have to* bring us back

OK, Dave. I see the distinction you re making in your
ethical argument.  But I don t really understand the
notion of  inherent  value which you stress. To my
mind, all human values are assigned or, if you will,
constructed by humans.  Some might try to argue that
oxygen has inherent value to humans, but they re
actually pointing to the functional value as opposed
to the ethical value of oxygen.  I do agree with your
assertion that abundant affluence for all will
eliminate an entire system of values that we have
developed (basically, materialism) and we will likely
devote more energy toward a new, more enlightened,
humanistic value system.  But I envision this shift in
values occurring because we choose to make it so, not
because we are inexorably drawn to some inherent

Oops, I painted myself into the,  Do absolute values
exist?  corner.   I'm sorry, I didn t mean to go there
. . . aaargh, must get out of this somehow . . .

Ummm . . . TAXI!!

>>>>Vroom >>>>

Scott Badger

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