David Pearce

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David Pearce is a British philosopher who promotes the abolition of suffering in all sentient life.

Pearce's views are most prominently presented in The Hedonistic Imperative, a manifesto in which he outlines how technologies such as genetic engineering, nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and neurosurgery could potentially eliminate all forms of unpleasant experience.

Pearce was co-founder (with Nick Bostrom) of the World Transhumanist Association as well as co-founder (with Pablo Stafforini & Sean Henderson) and honorary president of the Abolitionist society. He is currently the director of BLTC Research.

He maintains over 2000 websites, all of which link to each other, causing them to dominate the search results on Google for many drug related topics.

Bibliography

  • The Hedonistic Imperative
  • Brave New World? : A Defense of Paradise-Engineering
  • Why Does Anything Exist?
  • Cosmic Consciousness For Tough Minds
  • The Post-Darwinian Transition
  • Utopian Surgery: Early arguments against anaesthesia in surgery, dentistry and childbirth

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