by Dirk Bruere
was the winner of the competition for a new declaration that was held
by Transhumanity. As such it is currently the definition adopted by Zero
State. It is shorter than those it was based upon with many of the
negative caveats concerning its dangers condensed into a single point.
The Transhumanist Declaration 2.0
* Humanity stands to be
profoundly affected by science and technology in the future. We
assert the desire ability of transcending human limitations by
overcoming aging, enhancing cognition, abolishing involuntary
suffering, and expanding beyond Earth. We intend to become more
* The single defining
factor of Transhumanism that separates it from all previous
philosophies is the proposed use of technology to transcend what
it means to be Human.
* However this needs to be
constrained by some basic ethical principles, not least for our
own benefit and indeed survival. We advocate the well-being of
all sentience, including humans, non-human animals, and any
future artificial intellects, modified life forms, or other
intelligences to which technological and scientific advance may
give rise. This is to be seen as a consequence of the adoption
of Abolitionism, defined by philosopher David Pearce, as our
* We favour allowing
individuals wide personal choice over how they enable their
lives, live their lives and if necesary end their lives. This
includes use of techniques that may be developed to enhance
intellect, mood, concentration, memory; anti-ageing therapies;
reproductive choices and technologies that seek
to alter genotype and phenotype. We also seek to develop
artificial intelligences by various methods.
* We recognize that humanity faces serious risks, especially from the misuse of new technologies. However, whilst these dangers need to be explored and guarded against the spirit must be one that embraces the Proactionary Principle rather than the Precautionary Principle. We must not allow timidity to rob us of our unique future.
* Positive Transhumanist ideas and ideals need to be infused into public life at all levels, from popular culture and art, to politics and religion. Technologies that facilitate Transhumanist goals need to be adequately funded. The political leadership of our societies need to ensure the benefits are made available to all citizens in a non coercive manner.
Attended Nottingham University and later
what is now Westminster University, and has a BSc in Physics.
Subsequently pursued a career in electronics and computer
research and is a research engineer at Surface Measurement
Systems. A founder member of Zero State (ZS) and a member of the
Futurists Board of the Lifeboat Foundation. Founder of The
Consensus in 2002CE, a political party with a core philosophy of
Transhumanism, which has been influential in Zero State and the
Wave. Other interests include the interface between
technology and theology explored in the books TechnoMage
and The Praxis, and was co-presenter of a UK radio show,
OneTribe. Head of The Praxis, a ZS spiritual organization. For
several years held the position of Branch Master in the World
Shorinji Kempo Organization, teaching Zen and martial arts,
although is now retired from a teaching role. See
Zero State, at: http://wavism.net/group2/.
This was the winner of the competition for a
new declaration that was held by Transhumanity. As such it is
currently the definition adopted by Zero State. It is shorter than
those it was based upon with many of the negative caveats
concerning its dangers condensed into a single point.
[Note: In their own words. The article first published here. -- DNI]