Are You an Extropian?

via: The Extropian Principles Version 3.0

EXTROPY — the extent of a system’s intelligence, information, order, vitality, and capacity for improvement.

EXTROPIANS — those who seek to increase extropy.

EXTROPIANISM — The evolving transhumanist philosophy of extropy.

Extropianism
is a transhumanist philosophy. The Extropian Principles define a
specific version or “brand” of transhumanist thinking. Like humanists,
transhumanists favor reason, progress, and values centered on our well
being rather than on an external religious authority. Transhumanists
take humanism further by challenging human limits by means of science
and technology combined with critical and creative thinking. We
challenge the inevitability of aging and death, and we seek continuing
enhancements to our intellectual abilities, our physical capacities,
and our emotional development. We see humanity as a transitory stage in
the evolutionary development of intelligence. We advocate using science
to accelerate our move from human to a transhuman or posthuman
condition. As physicist Freeman Dyson has said: “Humanity looks to me
like a magnificent beginning but not the final word.”

1. Perpetual Progress —
Seeking more intelligence, wisdom, and effectiveness, an indefinite
lifespan, and the removal of political, cultural, biological, and
psychological limits to self-actualization and self-realization.
Perpetually overcoming constraints on our progress and possibilities.
Expanding into the universe and advancing without end.

2. Self-Transformation
— Affirming continual moral, intellectual, and physical
self-improvement, through critical and creative thinking, personal
responsibility, and experimentation. Seeking biological and
neurological augmentation along with emotional and psychological
refinement.

3. Practical Optimism — Fueling
action with positive expectations. Adopting a rational, action-based
optimism, in place of both blind faith and stagnant pessimism.

4. Intelligent Technology —
Applying science and technology creatively to transcend “natural”
limits imposed by our biological heritage, culture, and environment.
Seeing technology not as an end in itself but as an effective means
towards the improvement of life.

5. Open Society
— Supporting social orders that foster freedom of speech, freedom of
action, and experimentation. Opposing authoritarian social control and
favoring the rule of law and decentralization of power. Preferring
bargaining over battling, and exchange over compulsion. Openness to
improvement rather than a static utopia.

6. Self-Direction
— Seeking independent thinking, individual freedom, personal
responsibility, self-direction, self-esteem, and respect for others.

7. Rational Thinking
— Favoring reason over blind faith and questioning over dogma.
Remaining open to challenges to our beliefs and practices in pursuit of
perpetual improvement. Welcoming criticism of our existing beliefs
while being open to new ideas.

Read more… OR see Principles of Extropy Version 3.11

To answer my own question:
Based on the above principles, I can say that a BIG part of me is an
Extropian. No surprise there, because I’ve already previously declared
that I’m an IgnorantSelfishSingularitarian and then some.

However,
you’ll notice that there’s no mention of the word “spirit” or
“spiritual” in the Extropian Principles. Maybe they equate spirituality
with self-actualization. I can live with that 🙂

And the Transhumanist Week continues…