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Hank Pellissier

Hank Pellissier formally served as IEET Managing Director and is an IEET Affiliate Scholar.  He’s the author of several books including Invent Utopia Now, former editor at, and founder of

A journalist, Hank was the “Local Intelligence” columnist for the New York Times (San Francisco edition) and he’s a frequent contributor to Past work includes a daily column for (“Naked World”), two columns for (“Urban Animal” and “Odd Barkings”), and dozens of futurist articles for the IEET, H+ Magazine, World Future Society, and Acceler8or, occasionally under his nom de plume, “Hank Hyena.”

Hank has raised charity funds via and Indiegogo for “TransHumanitarian” projects in The Philippines and Africa that have dewormed 1,100 children and provided food, clothing, shoes, socks, tools, and educational supplies. In western Uganda he’s launched eight health clinics (one is “H+ Clinic”), one science centre, and he co-founded BiZoHa - the world’s first atheist orphanage.

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Longevitize!: Essays on the Science, Philosophy & Politics of Longevity by ed. Franco Cortese (2013)

Invent Utopia Now, Transhumanist Suggestions for the Pre-Singularity Era by Hank Pellissier (2011)

"Patriotism is a Dangerous Disease; Be Cosmopolitan Instead"   Egalitarian Planet  (Sep 26, 2020)

"Global Egalitarianism - planetary equity via wealth redistribution, open borders & pure democracy"   Egalitarian Planet  (Sep 24, 2020)

"Cannabis Research : 1,008 studies demonstrating beneficial effects"   IEET Blog  (Jan 15, 2020)

"Fourteen Reforms to Rescue USA Democracy"   Brighter Brains Institute  (Nov 27, 2019)

"Leo Igwe’s iDOUBT Critical Thinking workshop seeks to End Superstition in Africa and The Philippines"   Brighter Brains  (Mar 6, 2018)

"What Transhumanists Lost by Investing Late in Bitcoin"   The Transhuman party   (Nov 30, 2017)

"Martine Rothblatt, Lawrence Krauss, Douglas Rushkoff, Russell Blackford endorse Science Missionaries"   Brighter Brains  (Dec 9, 2016)

"Alcor Life Extension Foundation sponsors health clinic in Nyakiyumbu, Uganda"   Brighter Brains  (Sep 18, 2016)

"Transhumanist Hank Pellissier on Being an “Atheist Missionary”"   The Humanist   (Jul 25, 2016)

"Joycelyn Elders Clinic at Uganda Humanist School offers Sex Education, Free Condoms, AFRIpads"   Brighter Brains   (Jul 20, 2016)

"Moral Bioenhancement: Thinking Synergistically - interview with Harris Wiseman"   Ethical Technology  (Apr 6, 2016)

"“Tracking and Hacking - Values and Happiness with AI” - interview with John C. Havens"   Ethical Technology  (Apr 4, 2016)

"“Cyber-Humans: Our Future with Machines” – Interview with Prof. Woodrow Barfield"   Ethical Technology  (Mar 27, 2016)

"“Humanist Missionaries” aim to secularize Africa via Children’s Education"   Brighter Brains  (Mar 22, 2016)

"Basic Income Guarantee — my three hesitations"   Ethical Technology  (Mar 2, 2016)

"H+ Clinic Fights Child Malnutrition to Improve Ugandan Future Brain Power and Economic Production"   Ethical Technology  (Feb 25, 2016)

"Basic Income Guarantee will allow us to move up the Maslow Pyramid - interview with Gerd Leonhard"   Ethical Technology  (Feb 7, 2016)

"“McMindfulness”: is Buddhism contaminated by capitalism?” - interview with Terry Hyland"   Ethical Technology  (Feb 6, 2016)

"“Inequality: What can be done? “ - interview with Sir Anthony Barnes Atkinson"   Ethical Technology  (Jan 11, 2016)

"“Technology Could Bring Heaven on Earth, or Create Hell” - interview with futurist Gerd Leonhard"   Ethical Technology  (Jan 9, 2016)

Recent Multimedia
Secular Education in Uganda   2016-03-26

Lift Weights Stronger Starting in Your Sixties   2015-06-05

Transhumanist Visions Conference 1   2014-02-19

Slashdot Promotes IEET   2012-10-09

Gay Marriage and Global Transhumanism   2010-09-26

Transhuman Party promotes Radical Democracy & Collective Intelligence (Sep 29, 2017)

Hank Pellissier Interview with Terry Hyland (Mar 16, 2017)

IEET Affiliate Scholar Hank Pellissier’s Athiest Ugandan Orphanage and School (Apr 27, 2016)

IEET Bids Farewell to Hank Pellissier and Welcomes New Managing Director. (Apr 12, 2016)

Transhuman Debate 2.0 in SF East Bay (Mar 26, 2016)

Past Appearances
Hughes, Brin, Anderson, Pellissier, Sirius, Gillis, Kuzsewski @ Future of Politics (Oakland, California - Oct 18, 2015)

Anderson, Pellissier @ Transhuman Superpowers and Longevity Conference (Oakland, CA - Jul 12, 2015)

Smart, Pellissier @ Transhuman Strategies (San Jose, CA USA - Mar 21, 2015)

Cascio, Pellissier @ Artificial Intelligence & The Singularity Conference (Piedmont, California - Sep 20, 2014)

Siegel, Pellissier, Kuszewski @ The Future of Emotional Health and Intelligence (Berkeley, California - Jul 26, 2014)