Saturday, March 13, 2004
Exile On Meme Street
The NeoFilesKeith Henson is sort of an ur-transhumanist. In the 1970s, 80s, he was one of the founders and leaders of the L5 Society, an organization dedicated to building homes in high orbit using raw materials from the lunar surface.
The L5 group attracted the interests of those seeking practical solutions to predicted resource scarcities, among them K. Eric Drexler. Henson formed a friendship with him, and was among his contacts as Drexler was conceiving nanotechnology
Once Henson was convinced that nanotech was feasible, he became a member of Alcor, an organization advocating and providing cryonic services. In the late 1980s, he became part of the much-storied Extropians, a transhumanist organization that was the subject of substantial media coverage during the cybercultural 1990s.
But none of this work brought Henson as much notoriety or heartache as his conflict with the scientologists.
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