The Hedonistic Imperative

by Cygnus 4 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • Cygnus

    If you aren't afraid of a lot (and I mean a LOT) of 10-dollar words, and you're not afraid of the absolute insanity behind this idea, read the articles found here:

    I would not be surprised if in 20-40 years the Watchtower wouldn't latch on to similar ideas. After all, the "how" question of Paradise Restored has never really been answered in a scientific manner. They might have something here to integrate into their post-millenial beliefs.

    I'd really be interested in what Gedanken and AlanF think.

    I won't respond much because I am suffering from bilateral radial palsy and it's a bitch to type but please, anyone's opinions are welcome.

  • EvilForce

    Any belief system which relies on either permanently changing the human brain "wiring" by touting the benefits of opium and synthetic opioids or finding out a way to medicate the masses sounds like an addict trying to justify his / her addiction. Medicating emotional pain away isn't going to solve anything.

    I read about 5 pages of the info you presented. It's not all that dissimilar to those who advocate we all use LSD to experience freedom from our minds.

    All I can see when I read musing like this are "Drug addled utopianists". No thanks...I'll pass.

  • seattleniceguy

    I read the intro, and my first reactions were:

    • The concept of improving our "wetware" through intentional engineering is certainly fascinating, and it will probably happen at some point.
    • The author seemed at some points to be straining to sound intellectual. There seemed to be an overuse of your "10-dollar words."

    Unfortunately, I don't have the time right now to read the whole thing. I'll let you know if I get a chance to read it later.


  • Cygnus

    EvilForce, thanks for replying, but you really need to read further on. The author is completely against anything smacking of a drug-riddled utopia.

    SNG, I understand, I've been reading it for 8 hours and am only halfway through. Fascinating stuff though.

  • peacefulpete

    In priciple I agree the objectives of the author. Evolution has left us with some amazing qualities that can and should be exploited, but at the same time it has left us with baggage of selfishness and insecurities. IF someday a compound is developed that could safely and effectively modify behavior to be more loving and social while not interfering with individuality and self expression, I'd be in favor of it's wide use. Genetic engineeering also holds a potential for reshaping human society into the ideal we all want. Of course none of us would be part of it. The future can be incredible if we harness the science and embrace it's potential.

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