Ep 5 -- LP -- Towards Biohappiness with David Pearce (The End of Suffering)


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Suffering is unavoidable. Or is that really the case? David Pearce, renowned transhumanist, author of the Hedonistic Imperative and cofounder of the World Transhumanist Association / Humanity+, has a vision that sees suffering abolished in all sentient life and replaced with "information-sensitive gradients of bliss". In this feature length episode, David gives an introduction to his abolitionist project and how we can achieve this remarkable goal using biotechnology, especially genetic engineering. Join us to hear David's fascinating insights into what has been dubbed the Biohappiness Revolution.
You can follow David Pearce on Twitter at @webmasterdave.
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Main Talking Points

  • Hedonic set-points and the hedonic threadmill
  • The Lottery Paradox
  • Problems associated with existing drug-based treatments for pain
  • Gene therapy and the role of certain genes, such as SCN9A, in pain
  • Hyperthymic people and the role of the FAAH and FAAH-OUT genes
  • Preimplantation genetic screening and CRISPR
  • Happier babies and whether suffering should be opt-in or opt-out
  • Holding genetic engineering to account and the sanctity of life
  • Contrasting software engineering techniques to genetic engineering

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