After SoloHQ split and OL opened, I decided to stop with the acrimony and insults, since I was already becoming uncomfortable with all the bickering. (Instead of growing properly, the best talent was going away.) One of the prices you pay when you do that is that you start remembering when you were unfair.
So out of the blue, I decided to apologize to Nathan. That apology is here together with Nathan's email sent to me in reply.
New starts. New things. New beginnings.
What I did not imagine was a new ending.
I just recieved the following email from Nathan and I am posting it as is - with his permission. It is quite an email. I have moved Nathan here to the living room because for some time I have felt he is more part of our Internet family since that apology.
Nathan, you're one amazing mortal man. You completely stunned me.
With great affection,
Thanks for posting my last reply on your site, and
I'm glad to see that you signed up on WTT. I wish
I could reciprocate, but am forced by circumstances
noted herein to use my time and energy with special
This announcement should explain why WTT was delayed
in resuming its activities. If you are so-inclined,
please feel free to reproduce this email wholly or
in part on your site.
REPORTS OF MY DEATH...
During 2005, I resolved to take WTT in a new
In my view, as the decades of this century
unfold, three issues will increasingly dominate
philosophy and the human experience:
* the emergence of technologically-achieved
* vastly improved understanding of the nature of
human thought and consciousness;
* emergent human nature--not as a product of
accidental, evolutionary process but as a
product of human design.
These are some components of a view that
may be called transhumanism. As I see it,
any philosophy that does not embrace trans-
humanism is destined to become an intel-
Objectivism, it has been said, is a philosophy
for living. But to remain a living philosophy,
it must become a philosophy for living FOREVER,
with all that entails.
...HAVE BEEN EXAGGERATED. BUT ONLY SLIGHTLY.
February 17, 2006:
Life decided to take ME in a new direction; I was
diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer.
Needless to say, though, this has brought a whole
new focus to my thinking about mortality.
* There are several new articles on
www.wethethinking.com, and forum topics!
More to come this week. Check it out.
* This week I'm setting up a new website,
It should be operational by Sunday or Monday,
March 6, 2006.
We the Dead is NOT a cancer or terminal illness
Rather, I am writing a series of brief and
lighthearted narratives and commentaries based
upon my experiences and
the /philosophy/history/future of death in
general--and if these do not leave you LAUGHING,
I will turn in my artistic license.
I'll continue long as I have the strength,
interest, and cognitive ability to do so--
weeks, months, who knows?--and so long as
my sense of humor remains intact.
Well-wishes in general are appreciated, but
posts about "alternative medicine" or
contemporary "beating cancer" themes are
We the Dead is about beating DEATH itself!
* Next week I hope to have the new, streamlined We
the Thinking online.
Precisely how these two vehicles, WTD and WTT,
will complement each other, and how they will
evolve and survive, is something of a mystery
to me. I hope you'll join me in the journey
and in the discovery.
All those previously registered as members of
We the Thinking will be in the We the Dead
database as members. These sites, however,
are independent, and henceforth will require
independent registration and login for new
Nathan Hawking, Mortal-in-Chief
It's about the ideas.