Transhumanist Declaration

Nick Bostrom (
Thu, 9 Apr 1998 00:23:04 +0000

The version of the Transhumanist Declaration (as it's now called)
that will have to do for now is at:

In the future it will of course be revised and updated. Thanks to
everybody who has contributed!

Another thing that is useful to have worked out is a one-sentence
definition/explanation of what transhumanism is, to use in
conversations for example. I used to say:

"Transhumanism is the philosophy that we can and should use
technology to overcome our biological limitations and transform the
human condition."

Anders said:
> My current definition of transhumanism is: "The idea that the human
> condition can be improved above and beyond the current stage, through
> rational means in a life affirming way".

After reading this, I think I will change my one-sentence definition

"Transhumanism is the idea that the human condition will
be dramatically transformed by technology and that it is a good thing
to use rational methods to overcome our biological limitations."

What do you other people say when somebody asks you "What is

Nick Bostrom
Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
London School of Economics