Gennady Stolyarov

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Gennady Stolyarov II is an American libertarian and transhumanist writer and the chairman of the Transhumanist Party in the United States. [1] In 2013 he authored the children's book Death is Wrong, which endeavors to educate young readers and others interested in longevity regarding the feasibility and desirability of achieving indefinite life extension within current readers' lifetimes.[2]

Stolyarov has written for the IEET, Wave Chronicle and many other futurist and libertarian publications. He regularly produces YouTube videos discussing life extension and transhumanist philosophy and politics. He publishes most of his writing at the website The Rational Argumentator. He is the chief executive and cofounder of the Nevada Transhumanist Party, and took over leadership of the US Transhumanist Party in November 2016. [3]

Work

Stolyarov is an actuary as well as a writer. He has been highly influenced by the philosophy of Ayn Rand. [4]

In February 2014, Stolyarov started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to give his children's book, Death is Wrong, to 1000 children. In the book, he argues that death is an enemy and encourages readers to help overcome it using technology. Joelle Renstrom, writing for Future Tense, criticized the book by calling it "creepy" and saying, "Kids could grow up not just afraid of death, but also afraid of failing to fix it." Meghan Neal of Motherboard also called the book "creepy" but noted, "Wacky as this still all sounds, he may have a point." B. J. Murphy of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies called Death is Wrong a "wonderful children's book" and wrote, "This is the book I wish I'd have read as a young child."[5] Zoltan Istvan, in his transhumanist column for Psychology Today, agreed with Murphy, adding, "I thought the book was fun to read and important in what it tries to accomplish." According to the book campaign's Indiegogo page, the goal of $5000 was exceeded by late April 2014.[6]

Under Stolyarov's tenure as Chairman of the United States Transhumanist Party, it has grown to about 1,100 members as of October 2018 [7] and 1,800 members as of September 2019.[8] There is no monetary cost to being a member of the United States Transhumanist Party, according to the U.S. Transhumanist Party website.[9] He is also registered as the Chief Executive of the Nevada Transhumanist Party. In 2018, Stolyarov began a campaign to run for a seat on the Board of Trustees for the Indian Hills General Improvement District (IHGID), located in Carson City and Douglas County, Nevada.[10] Stolyarov did not win a seat on the IHGID Board but received 520 votes out of 2,024 residents who cast their ballots, meaning that 25.7% of the voters cast affirmative ballots in his favor.[11]

On March 31, 2018, Nikola Danaylov of the Singularity.FM program interviewed Stolyarov for nearly three hours, which broke the record for the length of Danaylov’s conversations. The interview covered the efforts and aspirations of the U.S. Transhumanist Party, and also delved into such subjects as the definition of transhumanism, intelligence and morality, the technological Singularity or Singularities, and health and fitness. [12]

On September 13, 2018, Stolyarov presented virtually to the Vanguard Scientific Instruments in Management 2018 (VSIM:18) Conference in Ravda, Bulgaria, on the subject of “How Transhumanism Can Transcend Socialism, Libertarianism, and All Other Conventional Ideologies” – which described the key strengths and weaknesses of libertarianism, socialism, conservatism, and left-liberalism, the common failings of these and all other conventional ideologies, and why transhumanism offers a principled, integrated, dynamic approach for a new era of history, which can overcome all of these failings.[13]

In September 2018, Stolyarov was a speaker at the 2018 RAAD Festival.[7]. Stolyarov returned to the RAAD Festival in October 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he delivered an overview of the U.S. Transhumanist Party 2019 Electronic Primary and introduced Johannon Ben Zion, the winning candidate of that primary election and the U.S. Transhumanist Party's 2020 nominee for President of the United States.[14]

In July 2019 Stolyarov's 60-page essay, “The United States Transhumanist Party and the Politics of Abundance”, was published as Chapter 5 of The Transhumanism Handbook, a major compilation of transhumanist thought edited by Newton Lee.[15] In this essay, Stolyarov offers a detailed explanation of the premises behind transhumanist politics and what the U.S. Transhumanist Party stands for, in a narrative that is current through year-end 2018. Subsequently, on August 24, 2019, in Burbank, California, Stolyarov spoke to update the audience on recent U.S. Transhumanist Party activities in 2019.[16]

Interview with Nikola Danaylov of Singularity.FM - March 31, 2018

How Transhumanism Can Transcend Socialism, Libertarianism, and All Other Conventional Ideologies - September 13, 2018

Speech at the 2018 RAAD Fest

Progress in the Politics of Abundance - August 24, 2019

Speech at the 2019 RAAD Fest and Introduction of Johannon Ben Zion

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References

  1. "Leadership". Transhumanist Party. Retrieved 31 December 2016. "Gennady Stolyarov II (G. Stolyarov II) became the second Chairman in the history of the Transhumanist Party in November 2016."
  2. [1] The Rational Argumentator. "Death is Wrong". Retrieved 8 November 2019. "The answer is that no, death is not necessary, inevitable, or good. In fact, death is wrong. Death is the enemy of us all, to be fought with medicine, science, and technology. This book introduces you to the greatest, most challenging, most revolutionary movement to radically extend human lifespans so that you might not have to die at all."
  3. Forthcoming Transitional Period of the Transhumanist Party
  4. Objectivist Statement of Resolves, The Liberal Institute, June 2012
  5. A Children's Book Ponders Death, Psychology Today
  6. Help Teach 1000 Kids That Death is Wrong, website=Indiegogo
  7. 7.0 7.1 Talk at RAAD: The U.S. Transhumanist Party: Four Years of Advocating for the Future - Gennady Stolyarov II
  8. [2]Announcement on the U.S. Transhumanist Party Facebook Page. 21 September 2019. "Membership in the U.S. Transhumanist Party reached 1800 today. "
  9. http://transhumanist-party.org/faq/#Q_IsThereCost Frequently Asked Questions. 2018. United States Transhumanist Party Website. Accessed October 31, 2018. "Is there a cost to becoming a member of the U.S. Transhumanist Party? No, there is absolutely no cost that you would need to pay. Membership is free and always will be. We do, however, appreciate it whenever our members volunteer their time and use their own resources to organize events and projects for the U.S. Transhumanist Party."
  10. Ep. 28 - The State of Transhumanist Politics with Gennady Stolyarov II
  11. U.S. Transhumanist Party Chairman's Second Anniversary Message. 18 November 2018. "I ultimately obtained 520 votes out of 2,024 residents who cast their ballots. While I did not win a seat on the Board, 25.7% – more than a quarter – of the voters cast affirmative ballots in my favor."
  12. https://transhumanist-party.org/2018/04/06/stolyarov-singularity-interview/ Stolyarov II, Gennady, and Danaylov, Nikola. (31 March 2018) “U.S. Transhumanist Chairman Gennady Stolyarov II Interviewed by Nikola Danaylov of Singularity.FM”.
  13. https://transhumanist-party.org/2018/09/16/transhumanism-transcend-ideologies/ Stolyarov II, Gennady.(13 September 2018) “How Transhumanism Can Transcend Socialism, Libertarianism, and All Other Conventional Ideologies”.
  14. [3]Gennady Stolyarov II and Johannon Ben Zion at RAAD Fest 2019 - U.S. Transhumanist Primary Results
  15. https://transhumanist-party.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Stolyarov_USTP_Politics_of_Abundance.pdf Stolyarov II, Gennady. (15 July 2019) “The United States Transhumanist Party and the Politics of Abundance”.
  16. https://transhumanist-party.org/2019/09/01/progress-politics-of-abundance/ Progress in the Politics of Abundance - Presentation by Gennady Stolyarov II