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Global Catastrophic & Existential Risk - Sleepwalking into the Abyss

Timescales of the Hedonistic Imperative (6min 31sec)

Politics & Abolition From Suffering

On Wellbeing, Bliss and Happiness

The World Transhumanist Association (WTA)

What is Transhumanism? – the 3 Supers

High Tech Jainism

On Lab Meat / in vitro meat

Materialism vs Physicalism (and Strawsonian Physicalism)

Feeling Groovy: Genetic Intervensions & Wonder Drugs

The Turing Test is Insufficient

Naturalized Telepathy & the Hive Mind

Star Trek, the Prime Directive and Paradise Engineering

Was Friedrich Nietzsche a Transhumanist?

On Consciousness




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David Pearce Topics




The Radical Plan To Phase Out Earth’s Predatory Species

by George Dvorsky

Should animals be permitted to hunt and kill other animals? Some futurists believe that humans should intervene, and solve the “problem” of predator vs. prey once and for all. We talked to the man who wants to use radical ecoengineering to put an end to the carnage. A world without predators certainly sounds extreme, and it is. But British philosopher David Pearce can’t imagine a future in which animals continue to be trapped in the never-ending cycle of blind Darwinian processes.



#2 Editor’s Choice Award: The Antispeciesist Revolution

by David Pearce

When is it ethically acceptable to harm another sentient being? On some fairly modest assumptions, to harm or kill someone simply on the grounds they belong to a different gender, sexual orientation or ethnic group is unjustified. Such distinctions are real but ethically irrelevant. On the other hand, species membership is normally reckoned an ethically relevant criterion. Fundamental to our conceptual scheme is the pre-Darwinian distinction between “humans” and “animals”.



The Antispeciesist Revolution

by David Pearce

When is it ethically acceptable to harm another sentient being? On some fairly modest assumptions, to harm or kill someone simply on the grounds they belong to a different gender, sexual orientation or ethnic group is unjustified. Such distinctions are real but ethically irrelevant. On the other hand, species membership is normally reckoned an ethically relevant criterion. Fundamental to our conceptual scheme is the pre-Darwinian distinction between “humans” and “animals”.



Live-Blogging the Morning of Day Two of Humanity+ San Francisco

by Kris Notaro

Its apoco-raining this weekend in San Francisco, proving that the transhumanists neither see the future clear enough to choose a nice weekend nor have magical evil powers over the natural world. But they do put on incredibly fascinating parties at wild warehouse-cum-commune spaces full of smart technophiles. We had to drag ourselves back in to the conference this morning so we wouldn’t miss Andrea Kuscewski, David Pearce, Ben Goertzel, Jamais Cascio, Ramez Naam and the others folks speaking today.



Should We Eliminate the Human Ability to Feel Pain?

by George Dvorsky

In io9’s Daily Explainer readers were told all about pain —why it exists, how it works, and how scientists are trying to quantify its effects.

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Is Humanity Accelerating Towards… Apocalypse? or Utopia?

by David Pearce

Will the future provide us with a genetically preprogrammed blissful paradise, or a global catastrophe? Will there be cessation of all suffering, or annihilation of all sentient life?

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The Biointelligence Explosion

by David Pearce

How recursively self-improving organic robots will modify their own 
source code and bootstrap our way to full-spectrum superintelligence.



Welcome to New Affiliate Scholar and Fellow

The IEET is pleased to announce the appointment of Nikki Olson as an IEET Affiliate Scholar and veteran transhumanist thinker David Pearce as an IEET Fellow.

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A Pan-Species Welfare State? (Part 4 of “Reprogramming Predators”)

by David Pearce

“He that slayeth an ox is as he that slayeth a man”  (Isaiah 66:3)

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Extinction versus Reprogramming (Part 3 of “Reprogramming Predators”)

by David Pearce

To end the suffering caused by animal predators, should the “serial killers” be rendered extinct, or just “reprogrammed”?

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Parasites, Predators and Serial Killers (Part 2 of “Reprogramming Predators”)

by David Pearce

Suffocation induces a sense of extreme panic. It’s a comparatively rare experience in contemporary human life, although panic disorder, an anxiety disorder characterized by recurring severe panic attacks, is extremely unpleasant and quite common. Whatever its cause, the experience of suffocation is horrific. One’s lungs feel as though they will burst at any second. There is a loss of control of bodily functions. There is no psychological “coping mechanism”,  just an all-consuming fear, as witnessed by the traumatic effects of the waterboarding torture practised by the CIA; the entangled piles of bodies of victims in the Nazi gas chambers frantically clawing over each other to gasp in the last traces of breathable air; and the death-agonies of millions of herbivores every day in the wild.

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The Problem of Predation (Part 1 of “Reprogramming Predators”)

by David Pearce

And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the
 calf and the young lion and the yearling together and a little child shall lead them.”  
Isaiah 11:6

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Five Top Reasons Transhumanism Can Eliminate Suffering

by David Pearce

Reality is big. So our optimism must be confined to sentient beings in our forward light-cone. But I tentatively predict that the last experience below “hedonic zero” will be a precisely dateable event several hundred years hence. Here are five grounds for cautious optimism:

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