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Neo-Tech was set forth by Frank R. Wallace (pen name of Wallace Ward). Its primary and most accessible book is the so-called "Neo-Tech Discovery", but has a lot of other literature, some of it has been available online on http://www.neo-tech.com/ .
Neo-Tech starts with a list of definitions titled "Neo-Tech Orientation and Definitions", which may deviate somewhat from their standard common meaning. The most important one is arguably the definition of Mysticism, which is defined as:
1. Any mental or physical attempt to recreate, evade, or alter reality through dishonesty, rationalizations, non requiters, emotions, deceptions, or force. 2. Any attempt to use the mind to create reality rather than to identify and integrate reality. 3.
Neo-Tech (aka Neotech) is a philosophy originally developed by Dr. Frank R. Wallace, with later contributions by other writers. Neo-Tech is defined literally as "fully-integrated honesty."The stated "ultimate goal" of disseminating Neo-Tech concepts is "curing the disease of mysticism and achieving biological immortality."According to Pax Neo-Tech mysticism is "the number-one enemy of human life."
Note: Neo-Tech literature says that Neo-Tech is a "tool" or a "new technology" rather than a philosophy, however, this article refers to the writings espousing Neo-Tech as philosophy for the sake of convention.
Neo-Tech can be classified as a brand of Neo-Objectivism. Eric Savage says, Objectivism "is the most powerful tool for identifying reality and acting rationally a person can have" and that with the foundation of Objectivism, "the world will prosper like never before once it learns how to think and act upon reality rather than upon mysticism, deception, and wishful thinking." However, he says "to fully realize this goal, the reality-based concepts of Objectivism must be combined with the fully integrated honesty, high-effort business mode of Neotech." Wallace says that Objectivism has an "an obstructionist leadership" that "demands "purity" before any new action can be taken," so that "it effectively blocks practical, wide-scope applications of Objectivism in most areas of human life and business. Those ever-tightening circles of purity kept everyone ignorant of the wider-scope visions needed to evolve Objectivism into a civilization for the entire planet." He says Neo-tech is "the business/application mode of Objectivism." As a self-described "dynamic" form of objectivism, Neo-Tech departs from Randian Objectivism which it refers to as "static", in the following manner:
|Branch of Philosophy||Randian Objectivism||Neo-Tech|
|Aesthetics||"Never succinctly defined"||Value reflection|
It is held that:
Mysticism is defined in the same way it is defined in Objectivism. Ayn Rand defines it as "the acceptance of allegations without evidence or proof, either apart from or against the evidence of one's senses and one's reason. Mysticism is the claim to some non-sensory, non-rational, non-definable, non-identifiable means of knowledge, such as 'instinct,' 'intuition,' 'revelation,' or any form of 'just knowing.'" Dr. Frank Wallace also defines it as "the acceptance of allegations without evidence or proof, either apart from or against the evidence of one's senses and one's reason." Also, "Mysticism is defined as: 1. Any mental or physical attempt to recreate, evade, or alter reality through dishonesty, rationalizations, non sequiturs, emotions, deceptions, or force. 2. Any attempt to use the mind to create reality rather than to identify and integrate reality""
The present situation on Earth is seen as an "anticivilization" riddled with mysticism where "criminal parasites drain the heroic value producers of this world under the facade of altruism -- force-and-fraud backed altruism." Neo-Tech set outs to bring what is referred to as the "Civilization of the Universe" --a " business-based Objectivist civilization" "where competitive value production, not force and fraud, is what lifts people toward eternal life and happiness." (Riches from a New World)
"Neo-Tech" as a concept is defined literally as "fully integrated honesty." Wallace maintained that "honesty" is a preferable term over "truth" as it is held that the latter term is subject to various philosophical interpretations, vagueness, and manipulation. According to philosopher Yasuhiko Kimura, "'fully-integrated honesty' means honesty that is based on contextual facts and objective reality, and applied in every dimension, every facet, and every moment of life. 'Honesty' means the active state of according oneself with reality. Neo-Tech is a new system of knowledge that self-contains the knowledge of application or to which the knowledge of self-application is integral."
Wallace integrated the theories of the late psychology professor from Princeton University, Julian Jaynes, as expounded in his controversial book The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind with his own ideas and Objectivist ideas to develop Neo-Tech. Neo-Tech accepts Jaynes' proposition that the human mind has evolved from what was once a mere reactive mode, devoid of consciousness, abstract thought, and introspection, where external authority was accepted unquestioningly, to a proactive, conscious-thinking, and autonomous mode.
Neo-Tech expands upon this and says that the next major evolution in the process of thought is the elimination of all mysticism in thinking, which it holds naturally results in the rejection of all external authority, both epistemological and coercive, in favor of a physically free and autonomous individual whose own conscious thinking, exercising "fully-integrated honesty," is the ultimate validator of knowledge (and therefore justifier of belief). This mysticism-free way of thinking, which is believed by Neo-Tech adherents to be the next evolution of the mind subsequent to the advent of consciousness, is referred to as the "Neothink mind." The Neothink mind is the mind using Neo-Tech (Neo-Tech is defined literally as "fully integrated honesty").
Jaynes, with Wallace expanding on this, theorizes that vestiges of the "bicameral mind" remain in modern humans that make them susceptible to defaulting to unquestioning-acceptance of external guidance. Wallace says that "the major worldwide sources of external 'authority' today are the philosophical doctrines of religion...combined with political doctrines such as Fascism, Marxism, and Maoism. All such doctrines demand the surrender of the individual to an external authority, and offer automatic answers and life-time guidance from which faithful followers can survive without the responsibility or effort of using their own consciousness. Thus, all political systems represent a regression into mysticism -- from conscious man back to bicameral man." Whereas Jaynes hypothesizes that consciousness may have emerged out of pressures caused by an increasingly complex society, Neo-Tech literature states that Neothink is a superior way of using the mind that allows individuals to outcompete others who still employ mysticism-laden thinking and that, hence, the need to compete will behoove one to "go Neo-Tech." So, it is said that those individuals and civilizations that cling to mystical thinking will remain uncompetitive, self-destructive, and ultimately be left behind to perish.
The competition-initiated collapse of mysticism will also spell the end of the livelihoods of those who, by playing on the remnants of the "bicameral mind" with its tendency to seek external authority, manipulate mysticism in individuals for personal gain (known as "Neocheaters") as these duped individuals come to realize that there are no valid external authorities and never have been. Neo-Tech writings state that the only valid authority comes not from figures such as clergymen, cult-leaders, politicians, academics, philosophers, or Neo-Tech writers, but solely from one's own conscious thinking. According to John Flint, "Neo-Tech is not an external authority for anyone in any time or place. Neo-Tech leaders and gurus do not exist."
Neo-Tech also shares some similarities with Extropianism, notably in regard to advocating technological progress toward achieving human biological immortality, as a non-spiritual route to the quest for eternal youth or immortality. However, it is made clear in Neo-Tech that this should be pursued strictly as a commercial enterprise, as it is its opinion that the competitive marketplace, rather than taxpayer-funded research, is the most effective and speediest route to technological advancement. It is held that with the elimination of mysticism from the human thought process (which Neo-tech holds is the cause of beliefs in gods and supernatural afterlives), market forces will drive humanity in a more urgent manner to eliminate ageing and other diseases (ageing is increasingly being viewed as a "disease" by biogerontologists). Wallace says that "dealing honestly with reality means consciously integrating into one's thoughts and actions the fact that permanent death will happen to oneself and everyone else within a brief time span....Being conscious of life and death, people will value their lives beyond all else in the universe. And that valuation of human life as the supreme value rejects self-destructive acts of mysticism while establishing the psychological/motivational conditions needed to achieve commercial biological immortality."
Largely because Neo-Tech sees mysticism as putting a drag on technological progress toward biological immortality, it considers mysticism the number one enemy of human life. Government agencies that regulate medical technologies, such as the United States Food and Drug Administration, are also blamed as significantly slowing progress toward this end; it is maintained by Neo-Tech that the existence of the FDA is the result of acceptance of "external authority" that occurs as a result of mystical thinking, as opposed to a voluntary inspection system which would embrace individual autonomy.
It is believed, in Neo-Tech, that to experience and continue experiencing "profound happiness" is the ultimate purpose of living. And, that since life and health are essential to pursue happiness, given that the present state of technology promises certain death and degradation of health, the pursuit of "commercially biological immortality" should be the prime and most urgent technological goal of a rational civilization. Moreover, it is postulated that this technology to eliminate and reverse ageing is achievable in the lifetime of many of us --the sooner that mystical beliefs erode, the greater the probability of that happening through the dynamics of Business: "And now, from business comes Neotech, the cure for mysticism and the key to commercial biological immortality" (Neo-Tech Discovery).
According to Neo-Tech's online essay Digital Journey, "Neo-Tech literature speculates a-priori -- without current evidence -- that far-advanced, universe-creating business people could -- via the natural laws of physics, chemistry, biology, and chaos -- design both initial-condition universes and DNA to efficiently evolve their conscious equals for business purposes". These business people are "Conscious humans in far-advanced civilizations -- immortal Zons".
"Zons" in Neo-Tech, are "metaphorically-postulated people who deliver never-ending values, prosperity, and health to conscious life" that can also be expressed as "God Men and God Women." Zons have accumulated sufficient knowledge, by using Neothink, that they have the capability to perform large-scale manipulations of matter and energy and create universes. It says in Pax Neo-Tech that "the Zon conjecture lays no claims because there are no proofs or even evidences. Neo-Tech does not even frame the Zon conjecture as a hypothesis." Rather, "Zons are independently evolving here on Earth as part of a natural evolution process."
Most writings concerning Neo-Tech are presented in the format of an instruction of how one may succeed in his business, and personal life, by using Neo-Tech.
In what is considered the defining Neo-Tech book, The Neo-Tech Discovery, the following notice is printed: "The Neo-Tech Discovery will not be sold to professional value destroyers at any price. Those blackballed include all politicians and business quislings, most lawyers and news-media reporters, many bureaucrats, clergymen, and university professors."
The Neo-Tech website states that "Zonpower lets you become GOD even without a computer." (upper case is in the original)
Interestingly, DC Comics did a four-issue series based on Neo-Tech, featuring Batman, called "Anarky," by Alan Grant (author of Batman comics, who happens to be an adherent of Neo-Tech philosophy) (Interview with Alan Grant).
The entire books of John and Revelations from the Holy Bible have been transposed to fit the philosophy of Neo-Tech under the title "The Bible Decoded" by "The Zon Association."
Neo-Tech philosophy was originally developed by Dr. Frank R. Wallace, a former senior research scientist for E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co. According to Wallace, his original inspiration for Neo-Tech came as a result of his study of the cognitive aspects of the game of poker.
"Frank R. Wallace" is the pen-name of Wallace Ward. Wallace H. Ward (a son of Wallace Ward) also writes under a pen-name: Mark Hamilton.
The article, "Consciousness: The End of False Authority by Dr. Frank R. Wallace won the first place National Writer's Club Award as best nonfiction article of 1980.
The word "Neo-Tech" was trademarked by Integrated Management Associates on December 27, 2005.
Integrated Management Associates is the main publisher of books and articles authored by those who support the philosophy, including the owners and some employees of the company. Other proponents of this philosophy have also furnished books and materials through other publishers (Some affiliated with Neo-Tech Publishing and some not). The Neo-Tech philosophy existed, and was called "Neo-Tech," several years before the original promulgator, I&O Publishing, was renamed to Neo-Tech Publishing to match the namesake of the philosophy.