Does the math.
What exactly is being argued against?
In freefall, 'objects in motion' is not a meaningful distinction. Not-spinning is a state that requires maintenance just as much as spinning is. (Moving parts, of course, is a valid distinction.) Having the whole object spinning is dead easy - it'll happen by accident. Having it spinning on the desired axis and keeping it that way is, of course, a bit of a different story - but so is keeping a non-spinning structure from starting to tumble in interesting ways.Objects in motion or with moving parts. are always more difficult to maintain. No exceptions. Even if it's having the whole structure spinning in no gravity, and that's not as easy as it sounds, that complicates everything about it interacting with things not on the structure. And again it's things you can deal with, it's just added pain in the neck.
Same thing with the investment in making it as easy to do as you could on the ground. That's new things to maintain.
With regards to ideology you can look to Sister Miriam Godwinson of the Lord's Believers for inspiration (from the computer game Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri)Also, what would be a good ideological foundation for such a belief, that transhumanism is inherently wrong? Some kind of religious ideology seems the most obvious, but I was wondering if there were any others that would work as well.
The righteous need not cower before the drumbeat of human progress. Though the song of yesterday fades into the challenge of tomorrow, God still watches and judges us. Evil lurks in the datalinks as it lurked in the streets of yesteryear. But it was never the streets that were evil.
Men in their arrogance claim to understand the nature of creation, and devise elaborate theories to describe its behavior. But always they discover in the end that God was quite a bit more clever than they thought.
Will we next create false gods to rule over us? How proud we have become, and how blind.
Er, are you sure about that? High frequency trading is a big fraction of market volume, but may not be generating that much profit.Oh here's another "physics doesn't care" thing to screw with Transhumanists: light speed lag. Did you know that most stock market wealth is made by rapid transactions that actually have to take millisecond latency into account?
Sure, if they're the ones who own the Earth.Best not to go to far out, stay on one planet where communication is fastest. The Transhumanists may even huddle in one local for best speed, and leave the rest of the unimportant world to unimportant people.
Witness what happens when somebody with a hundred followers creates something, and someone with ten thousand followers steals it. The response to a complaint oddly enough is usually not to excoriate the thief. "Hey, be greatful for the exposure" is usually the politest response, even though the creators name isn't associated with the project...One example of an issue is well, Eclipse Phase often plays up the "rep economy" as better than the market systems we see in more conservative settings. But even today, we're seeing just how terribly such systems can be abused.
Imagine a society of 24-7 Tumblr-style social media, where making the wrong move could open one up to an instant landslide of reputation attacks. Another reason to avoid any transmission delays.A transhuman setting might be one where non-conformity is punished immediately, because your rep sinks. Just imagine if holding an unpopular opinion might mean immediate financial devastation?
It might be, contrary to many settings, the anti-transhumans that actually have a fairly open society that is tolerant of differing views.
I've heard various opinions on it's effect. But hey, once you're proposing to turn the Amazonian desert into computronium in order to calculate the next Bitcoin...Er, are you sure about that? High frequency trading is a big fraction of market volume, but may not be generating that much profit.
If they own the Earth then that may give a place for primates that don't mind lightspeed delays.Sure, if they're the ones who own the Earth.
But the goal here was to make their opposition viable.
....you're a ridiculous strawman? Also, where did you get an Amazonian desert?I've heard various opinions on it's effect. But hey, once you're proposing to turn the Amazonian desert into computronium in order to calculate the next Bitcoin...
So did you just seamlessly flip from arguing that transhumans in space would suffer from debilitating environmental inefficiencies to arguing that non-transhumans in space would be a viable resistance?If they own the Earth then that may give a place for primates that don't mind lightspeed delays.