David Pearce is
a British vegan philosopher who promotes the abolition of
suffering in all sentient life.
Dave’s views are most prominently presented in The Hedonistic Imperative (1995), a manifesto in which he outlines how technologies such as genetic engineering, nanotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and neurosurgery could potentially eliminate all forms of unpleasant experience. He predicts that our descendants will enjoy genetically preprogrammed bliss that is orders of magnitude richer than anything accessible today.
In 1998, he cofounded with Swedish polymath Nick Bostrom the World Transhumanist Association (WTA). He also cofounded the Abolitionist Society in 2002 with Pablo Stafforini, Sean Henderson, and Jaime Savage, and serves as its honorary president. He is currently the director of BLTC Research.
Dave serves on the editorial review board of Medical Hypotheses. He also runs a web hosting company which aims to help compassionate technophobes develop an online presence as painlessly as possible. But his main interest lies in the potential use of science to eradicate cruelty and suffering wherever they are found and eventually, perhaps, the birth of true “paradise-engineering”.
Listen to him on The Future And You. Read his interview with R.U. Sirius and with Jonathan Despres. Read his articles Utopian Surgery: Early arguments against anaesthesia in surgery, dentistry and childbirth, Wirehead Hedonism versus paradise engineering, and Future Opioids.