Ray, you're one of the most forward thinking people in the world right now. You've put a lot of thought, over many years into the future of civilization, the impact of technology on individual, society and world culture, from sexuality and what it means to be part of the human endeavor to the particulars of how we might best move towards a more inclusive world.
That said, your cautious, well-informed optimism is not shared by all. In particular, there is a movement
of modern-day luddites who have a vastly different view of what the future should be, what the best path for humankind is, and where we should be focusing our efforts.
After reading your "Age of Spiritual Machines", and Derrick Jensen's "Endgame
", I realized that the two of you write mostly about the same subject matter -- but from vastly different perspectives. After watching many of your videos, and a live talk by Jensen I have been struck by how large the gap is in The Two Cultures
involved -- from reading the material put forward by MIRI to the Club of Rome I have sought at every step to reconcile how the two of you see the world. But what I've been always dreamed of, is the two of you directly responding to the criticisms and ideals of the other directly, in a public discussion -- a kind of intellectual battle for the minds of those in vastly different ingroups, on the order of the
Bill Nye–Ken Ham debate if not orders of magnitude more important to the future of mankind
In the years since I have gotten ahold of Derrick Jensen. And while he's not interested in a realtime debate in person, he has told me that he would be willing to debate you, if you're up for it.
So here's my question:
Would you be willing to debate Derrick Jensen on the future of humanity and civilization in a respectable way, in a public forum of some kind?
And if so, under what condition?
Perhaps if the debate was moderated by someone like Nikola Danaylov?