Max More

Max More, PhD, is a strategic philosopher recognized for his thinking on the philosophical and cultural implications of emerging technologies. His contributions include founding the philosophy of transhumanism, authoring the transhumanist philosophy of extropy, and co-founding Extropy Institute, an organization crucial in building the transhumanist movement since 1990. He is currently the Director of Communications for Biostasis Technologies. He was CEO and President of Alcor Life Extension from 2011 to 2020, and Ambassador from 2020 to 2023. His knowledge of economics and politics brought caused him to develop the “Proactionary Principle”, a tool for making smarter decisions about advanced technologies. Max received a Doctorate in Philosophy in 1995 from the University of Southern California after completing a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from Oxford University.

“We have a dreadful shortage of people who know so much, can both think so boldly and clearly, and can express themselves so articulately. Carl Sagan was another such one—and (partly by paying the price of his life) managed to capture the public eye. But Sagan is gone and has not been replaced. I see Max as my candidate for that post.”
— Marvin Minsky, Artificial Intelligence pioneer
“Max More’s ideas are very influential among other “big thinkers,” who in turn are influence leaders themselves. Max’s writings represent well-grounded science futurism, and reflect a sophisticated understanding of technology trends and how these trends are likely to develop during this coming century.”
— Ray Kurzweil, world renown inventor


My formal advanced education was in economics and philosophy but I have had a lifelong interest in the future and how to make it better than the past. My writing covers areas including transhumanist perspectives on technology and progress, reasons for optimism, decision making under uncertainty (including The Proactionary Principle), life extension, biostasis, and the use of technology for human enhancement.