Abolitionism is a school of transhumanism which advocates the eradication of suffering (both human and non-human) through biotechnology. David Pearce is the founder of the movement, and proposes using genetic engineering and other emerging technologies to replace Darwinian suffering-based motivational systems with "gradients of intelligent bliss". In his manifesto The Hedonistic Imperative, he discusses the practicality, philosophical basis, and sociological impact of the abolition of suffering, as well as the possibility of future states of well-being of greater quality than any that have existed so far. Some abolitionists may support maxed-out bliss wireheading, but Pearce stresses that the abolition of suffering would be compatible with more sophisticated forms of well-being and "intentional objects" (i.e. what you are happy "about").
- Suffering risk
- Foundational Research Institute
- The Hedonistic Imperative
- Pearce's talk about abolitionism at the Future of Humanity Institute
- Abolitionism on H+Pedia
- David Pearce on abolishing suffering