Exploring the philosophy and ramifications of antinatalism; that is, the belief that life should not be brought into existence.
What is an antinatalist's opinion on the philosophies and pursuits of this man?
Anonymous:Sorry, but I'm getting a dead link there.
David PearceSounds good to me.
Though, of course, extinction is a much more certain route to the abolition of involuntary suffering than magical transhuman technologies that might appear sometimes in the future.
I wrote a little about the subject here. To add a couple points: Beyond the unjustifiably (IMO) optimistic belief in human behavior modification at both individual and societal levels, there's the stability question to consider. That is, once we arrive, how do we manage to 'stay put'? A monumental task on par with the original transformation, I think. And of course, there are the natural obstacles that I can't believe will ever be wholly under our control. Accidents, cataclysms, disease, etc. Is it realistic to believe we can eliminate all future risk? I don't think so.
Jim,I think you're probably right. Even if the problem of suffering were to be resolved through technological intervention, basic physics would seem to make sensory equilibrium unsustainable. You encounter similar problems when you think about heaven.NU is increasingly attractive to me. It's interesting how the same philosophical imperative that leads one mind to envision utopia, leads another to beckon for extinction. Or, at least in theory, extermination.
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