The Convention for Reason and Ethics in Science and Technology (CREST) is a project aimed at standardizing, neutralizing, and scientizing the modern search for and application of knowledge. The first CREST proposal was the Neutral Chemistry Initiative, which replaces the random, arbitrary, and deeply biased names currently used for chemical elements with names that conform to a math-based, neutral nomenclature system.
Certain core principles that underpin the CREST project include:
- First, do no harm. No sentient being shall be harmed or put at risk of harm in the search for knowledge unless that sentient being provides advance, informed consent to the harm or the risk; note that this principle forecloses the possibility of including any currently known non-human species in research.
- Free from bias and bigotry. Nationalism, ethnocentrism, sexism, racism, speciesism, and other forms of bias shall be excluded not only from organizations that seek knowledge but also from the infrastructure used in the pursuit of knowledge (e.g., names, symbols).
- Free from superstition. Religion, mythology, and ancestor- and hero-worship shall be similarly excluded.
- Free from priesthoods. Priesthoods—i.e., “insider” classes who serve to protect their own interests and institutions (e.g., universities, departments) against “outsider” knowledge—shall be similarly excluded.
- Free from propertization. Attempts to brand or propertize natural phenomena shall be similarly excluded.
- Neutral standards. Publications purporting to be “science” shall be, at a minimum, labeled according to a first neutral standard, and academic degrees and certifications purporting to be “science” degrees and certifications shall be, at a minimum, similarly labeled.
CREST and the various individual CREST initiatives are works-in-progress.