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The Hedonistic Imperative

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The Hedonistic Imperative outlines how genetic engineering and nanotechnology will abolish suffering in all sentient life.

The abolitionist project is hugely ambitious but technically feasible. It is also instrumentally rational and morally urgent. The metabolic pathways of pain and malaise evolved because they served the fitness of our genes in the ancestral environment.
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Published (first published January 28th 2015)
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Magnus Vinding
Aug 11, 2016 Magnus Vinding rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal book. Argues solidly that we should use technology to abolish suffering and promote well-being.
It is free and available online at:
http://www.hedweb.com/hedab.htm.
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Published in 1995, yet still not widely discussed. I think that needs to change -- urgently.
Zarathustra Goertzel
"The Hedonistic Imperative outlines how genetic engineering and nanotechnology will abolish suffering in all sentient life."

The book does this, however mostly in chapters 1 (How), 3 (When), and a few of the good objections.
These parts are very good to read, but should probably just be done online instead.

Chapter 2 (Why) basically reminds me of: “Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”

Ultimately, I give the book 2.6 stars. There are many very good ideas and foo
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Feb 29, 2016 Leonardo marked it as to-keep-reference  ·  review of another edition
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David Pearce is a British independent philosopher. He believes and promotes the idea that there exists a strong ethical imperative for humans to work towards the abolition of suffering in all sentient life. His book-length internet manifesto The Hedonistic Imperative outlines how technologies such as genetic engineering, nanotechnology, pharmacology, and neurosurgery could potentially converge to ...more
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“I predict we will abolish suffering throughout the living world. Our descendants will be animated by gradients of genetically pre-programmed well-being that are orders of magnitude richer than today's peak experiences.” 11 likes
“It is easy to romanticise, say, tigers or lions and cats. We admire their magnificent beauty, strength and agility. But we would regard their notional human counterparts as wanton psychopaths of the worst kind.” 1 likes
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