- Perpetual Progress: seeking more intelligence, wisdom, and effectiveness, an open-ended lifespan, and the removal of
political, cultural, biological, and psychological limits to continuing development. Perpetually overcoming constraints on our
progress and possibilities as individuals, as organizations, and as a species. Growing in healthy directions without bound.
- Self-Transformation: affirming continual ethical, intellectual, and physical self-improvement, through critical and creative
thinking, perpetual learning, personal responsibility, proactivity, and experimentation. Using technology—in the widest
sense to seek physiological and neurological augmentation along with emotional and psychological refinement.
- Practical Optimism: fueling action with positive expectations—individuals and organizations being tirelessly proactive.
Adopting a rational, action-based optimism or "proaction", in place of both blind faith and stagnant pessimism.
- Intelligent Technology: designing and managing technologies not as ends in themselves but as effective means for improving
life. Applying science and technology creatively and courageously to transcend "natural" but harmful, confining qualities derived
from our biological heritage, culture, and environment.
- Open Society: supporting social orders that foster freedom of communication, freedom of action, experimentation, innovation,
questioning, and learning. Opposing authoritarian social control and unnecessary hierarchy and favoring the rule of law and
decentralization of power and responsibility. Preferring bargaining over battling, exchange over extortion, and communication
over compulsion. Openness to improvement rather than a static utopia. Extropia ("ever-receding stretch goals for society") over
utopia ("no place").
- Self-Direction: valuing independent thinking, individual freedom, personal responsibility, self-direction, self-respect, and
a parallel respect for others.
- Rational Thinking: favoring reason over blind faith and questioning over dogma. It means understanding, experimenting,
learning, challenging, and innovating rather than clinging to beliefs.
Saturday, September 4
Definine Transhumanism from Wikipedia.org
Posted by Michael Meiser at Saturday, September 04, 2004