Max More

English-American philosopher and futurist
Max More
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More at the 2006 Stanford Singularity Summit
Max T. O'Connor

January 1964
OccupationPhilosopher and futurist
SpouseNatasha Vita-More

Max More (born Max T. O'Connor, January 1964, with name legally changed in 1990) is a philosopher and futurist who writes, speaks, and consults on advanced decision-making about emerging technologies.[1][2] He is the current Ambassador and President Emeritus (as of February 2021) after serving almost nine and a half years as president and CEO of Alcor Life Extension Foundation.[3]

Born in Bristol, England, More has a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University in St Anne's College, Oxford (1987).[4] His 1995 University of Southern California doctoral dissertation The Diachronic Self: Identity, Continuity, and Transformation examined several issues that concern transhumanists, including the nature of death, and what it is about each individual that continues despite great change over time.[5] In 1996, he married Natasha Vita-More, herself a pioneering transhumanist; the couple are close collaborators on transhumanist and life extension research.[6]

Founder of the Extropy Institute, Max More has written many articles espousing the philosophy of transhumanism and the transhumanist philosophy of extropianism,[7] most importantly his Principles of Extropy.[8][9] In a 1990 essay "Transhumanism: Toward a Futurist Philosophy",[10] he introduced the term "transhumanism" in its modern sense.[11]

See also

  • FM-2030
  • Futures studies
  • Humanity+


  1. ^ Alex Heard, "Technology Makes us Optimistic; They Want To Live," New York Times, September 28, 1997
  2. ^ Joel Garreau, The Next Generation; Biotechnology May Make Superhero Fantasy a Reality, Washington Post, April 26, 2002.
  3. ^ "Staff". Alcor. Retrieved 2020-05-11.
  4. ^ Regis, Ed. "Meet the Extropians". Wired.
  5. ^ More, Max. "The Diachronic Self: Identity, Continuity, Transformation". A. Bell & Howell. Archived from the original on 2004-06-10.
  6. ^ "People: Natasha Vita-More". I am transhuman. 14 November 2019. Retrieved 2021-05-20.
  7. ^ More, Max. "The Philosophy of Transhumanism" (PDF). John Wiley & Sons, Oxford. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  8. ^ More, Max. "Principles of Extropy". Extropy Institute. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  9. ^ Resources for Germline Technology, Washington Post, February 9, 2003.
  10. ^ More, Max. "Transhumanism: Towards a Futurist Philosophy". Archived from the original on 29 October 2005. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  11. ^ Bostrom, Nick (April 2005). "A history of transhumanist thought" (PDF). Journal of Evolution and Technology. 14 (1): 1–25.

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