26. The Proactionary Principle

Optimizing Technological Outcomes

  1. Max More and
  2. Natasha Vita-More
  1. Max More

Published Online: 11 MAR 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch26

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future

How to Cite

More, M. (2013) The Proactionary Principle, in The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future (eds M. More and N. Vita-More), John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. doi: 10.1002/9781118555927.ch26

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAR 2013
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118334294

Online ISBN: 9781118555927

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Keywords:

  • decision-making;
  • precautionary principle;
  • Proactionary Principle;
  • structural wisdom;
  • transhumanism

Summary

Proactionary Principle is motivated by the need to make wise decisions about the development and deployment of new technologies and by the crucial need to protect technological experimentation and progress. It applies to all complex decisions involving technology, not just those with obvious relevance to transhumanist concerns. In this chapter, the Principle is offered as a guide to address problems effectively and wisely, considering concerns, answering objections, and developing solutions and strategies – for both personal and group decisions. This Principle emerged out of a critical discussion of the well-known precautionary principle, which does not embody structural wisdom guiding decision-making by the smartest possible methods. The chapter discusses the failure of the precautionary principle. Next, it presents five component principles or Pro-Actions that comprise the Proactionary Principle. They are be objective and comprehensive, prioritize natural and human risks, embrace diverse input, make response and restitution proportionate, and revisit and revise.