Lincoln Cannon To Present at Venturists' Cryonics Convention

Lincoln Cannon, president of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, will present at the Venturists' Cryonics Convention, held 7-9 November 2014 in Laughlin, Nevada.

Is Death (and taxes) No Longer Inevitable?

Larry Page, the CEO of Google, has invested billions of dollars of his company’s capital into a new company called Calico, which has the goal of finding cures for aging and death.

Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D., the world’s foremost scientific gerontologist, says that the first person to live 1,000 years has probably already been born.

And inventor Ray Kurzweil, the modern Thomas Edison, says that “We have the means right now to live long enough to live forever.”

Are we therefore on the threshold of being able to live indefinitely, as Robert Ettinger predicted 50 years ago in his visionary book, The Prospect of Immortality, which started the cryonics movement? To find out, you are invited to a cryonics, life extension and transhumanism convention at Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino will be held this November 7, 8 and 9, 2014, in the Riverside’s scenic Starview Room overlooking the Colorado River.

All attendees will have plenty of time to meet the speakers, leaders and activists in the life extension community at this convention one on one during the leisurely breaks and buffet meal times.

The speakers will give you the very latest updates on cryonics research, ways to improve your chances for rejuvenation and survival, and new ideas in transhumanism. Plus you can circulate during the ample breaks to network with the speakers and attendees and exchange ideas.

Also all attendees can reserve free table space in the Starview Room’s exhibition area to display their free literature; sell books, DVDs, dietary supplements and other life extension related products; and talk to people one on one about your company or organization.

Below is a partial list of confirmed speakers (subject to revision) who will give the following presentations:

David A. Ettinger (Son of Robert Ettinger, the founder of the cryonics movement): “Robert Ettinger: A Life in Cryonics.” Learn what it was like to grow up in the home where the father was the founder of cryonics and one of the early, visionary transhumanists.

Jordan Sparks, DMD (Founder of Oregon Cryonics, a new cryonics company): “A Regional Approach to Cryonics.”

Ben Best (Former CEO of the Cryonics Institute): ”Vital Signs Alarm Systems for Cryonicists.” Sudden, unattended death is one of the worst things that can happen to a cryonicist to compromise getting a good cryosuspension. Learn how to take advantage of the increasingly affordable technologies which monitor your vital signs and send out alarms when you are in danger of imminent cardiac arrest.

Catherine Baldwin (Chief Operating Officer of Suspended Animation): “Future Care of Cryonics Patients.” The presentation will review current “field stabilization” care and speculate on future directions of this kind of care for cryonics patients.

Joe Kowalsky (Director of the Cryonics Institute): “Make It So!” about improving cryonics communications with the public.

Chana Phaedra (President of Advanced Neural Biosciences, Inc.): “New Research at Advanced Neural Biosciences, Inc.” Topics include long-term cold ischemia, the effect of stabilization medications on cryopreservation, and whole brain cryopreservation.

Lincoln Cannon (Cofounder and President of the Mormon Transhumanist Association): “Mormon Transhumanism.” Learn how the doctrine of one of America’s fastest-growing churches is compatible with the goals of transhumanism.

Rudi Hoffman (Specialist in cryonics funding through life insurance): “Cryonics Funding in an Inflationary Universe . . .  the Affordable Immortal Returns!” Learn how affordable a cryonic suspension can be by using life insurance as the funding mechanism.

Cairn Idun (Organizer of the Cryonicist Teens & Twenties conferences): “OPTIMIZATION: What YOU Can Do to OPTIMIZE YOUR Chances of an OPTIMAL Cryo-Preservation: T3 – Time, Temperature and Technique.”

David Pizer (Former Vice President of the Alcor Life Extension Foundation and Founder and President of the Society for Venturism): “Ways to Protect Your Cryosuspension.”

Neal VanDeRee (Officiator at the Church of Perpetual Life): “A Church for Transhumanists: The Church of Perpetual Life.”

Mark Plus (Secretary of the Society for Venturism): “Death Avengers Assemble! Robert Ettinger on the Science of Superhumans.” Learn how Robert Ettinger anticipated many aspects of today’s transhumanist movement, but in the 1960’s and early 1970’s.

In addition, we are gathering further information on presentations to be given by:

Aaron Drake, Medical Response Director of the Alcor Life Extension Foundation.

David Kekich, President and CEO of the Maximum Life Foundation.

Forrest Munden, paramedic. He will discuss what a cryonicist and his family should do in an emergency.

R. Michael Perry, Ph.D., Care Services Manager and Treasurer of the Alcor Life Extension Foundation.

Natasha Vita-More, Ph.D., noted transhumanist and adjunct professor of the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona.

Peter Voss, Founder and CEO of Adaptive A.I., Inc.

The speakers will also include two prominent scientists who work in cryonics research who will make presentations about their findings which will show that cryonics makes scientific sense and is worth pursuing.

You can register for the VERY affordable convention and the discounted buffet meals that will be available and remit the fees through PayPal to help cover the convention’s expenses, by going to this page on the Venturists’ website:

http://venturist.info/venturists-november-2014-cryonics-convention-in-laughlin-nevada.html.

Or else you can send in your remittance by mailing it to the Society for Venturism, 11255 S. Highway 69, Mayer, AZ 86333.

For lodging at the Riverside Resort, you will have to make your own room reservations separately by calling the Riverside at the toll-free number within the United States: 800-227-3849; or the Nevada number: 702-298-2535. Use the Hotel Reservations Group Code: “Cryonic.” The special low rates are: $29 for Thursday, Nov. 6; $49 for Friday, Nov. 7; $49 for Saturday, Nov. 8; and $29 for Sunday, Nov. 9.

If you would like to speak to someone with the Venturists to discuss the convention, feel free to email Mark Plus, Secretary of the Society for Venturism, at mark.plus@rocketmail.com; or call him at (928) 273-8451

We look forward to seeing you at Mr. Laughlin’s resort this November!

P.S. You can read Joe Kowalsky’s report on last year’s Venturist Cryonics Convention by scrolling down the home page of *http://venturist.info/.

Association Leadership Performance Review

In the interest of ongoing transparency, the Board of Directors of the Mormon Transhumanist Association is pleased to release the following leadership performance review. Each member of the Board independently evaluated the performance of the Board as a whole and the performance of CEO Lincoln Cannon, who is appointed by the Board to manage the Association. Secretary of the Board, Dorothy Deasy, gathered and compiled the evaluations into a single review, which follows.

Board of Director’s Performance Review

The Board of Directors of the Mormon Transhumanist Association is generally performing its function well. The requirements of the Board are flexible enough to be satisfied by the part-time involvement of each member, without financial compensation. The board has done a good job of crafting and supporting association initiatives on a voluntary basis.

Recently, the Board has begun emphasizing its strategic role and de-emphasizing its tactical role. The Board used to be in charge of both determining the direction of the organization, and implementing decisions such as the conference. We have been successful at this in the past. Today, a new organization is being put together to handle implementation, while the board functions in a more abstract, direction setting role. Some members of the board also serve in the implementation roles, but such roles are not limited to Board members, allowing for participation from the wider organization. This will spread the load, and will allow for efficiency in the future. Although presently too early to tell, hopefully this will prove beneficial to the organization.

The Board meets on a monthly basis. Most Board members attend board meetings regularly. (There are periods of time when scheduling conflicts arise, resulting in some occasional or partial attendance, but we always have at least the quorum required by the constitution. It does appear to be the case that all members of the board are making reasonable and conscientious efforts to participate and fulfill their responsibilities to the organization.) Meetings are always well organized and focused, and action items are always noted and followed up on until they are completed or reprioritized. The Board adheres closely to the rules and guidelines established by the constitution to ensure fairness, transparency, and fidelity to the stated goals of the association. Key strengths of the Board include flexibility and diverse perspectives (both of opinions and religious persuasions), mutual respect and desire to learn from each other.

Board members are exceptionally well-educated and thoughtful, and share their viewpoints openly, articulately, and in a spirit of mutual respect and appreciation. With proven leadership abilities in academia, industry, and ecclesiastical capacities, they offer a diversity of backgrounds, experience, and professionalism that serve the organization well. The directors generally provide valuable feedback on proposals from management. To date, the Board serves its advisory role exceptionally well.

Key accomplishments outlined in our annual report at http://transfigurism.org/pages/annual-report/2013#events include the following:

• The annual conference was quite a bit better than the 2012 conference both in numbers attending and in the quality of the talks.

• A successful annual conference keynoted by Aubrey de Grey and Richard Bushman, highly respected and admired leaders within the communities of transhumanism and Mormonism.

• Regular monthly meet-ups, both on-site and online, that provided opportunities for exploration and support, and introduced the association to several individuals who have since made significant contributions to the online community and promoted the organization to their friends and colleagues.

• Director and Secretary Brad Carmack represented the association at the 87th Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Society in San Francisco.

• Director and CIO Carl Youngblood presented to the London Futurists at the Birkbeck College of the University of London.

• Director and CEO Lincoln Cannon and Director Karl Hale were interviewed for podcasts by Adam Ford, a director of Humanity+, the largest transhumanist organization in the world.

• The association formed an institutional partnership with the Teilhard de Chardin Project to promote familiarity with Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a twentieth century philosopher and Jesuit priest whose life and works continue to inspire modern Transhumanism.

• The association co-sponsored a lecture by Dr. Amit Goswami at the University of Utah, providing a video recording available through YouTube.

• Director and CIO Carl Youngblood presented at the European Mormon Studies Conference in London.

• The association continued its rapid growth, increasing its membership by 54% for a total of 380 members.

CEO’s Performance Review

Lincoln Cannon has proven exceptionally adept in his role as CEO. He has performed admirably as CEO and is the primary force behind the association's success. His management style is inspiring. He does an excellent job of sharing responsibility and helping people to develop into capable leaders in their own right. He articulates and communicates the vision of the association in a manner which is professional and inviting. He is a gifted and visionary organizer who sees great potential for the MTA, and works patiently, tirelessly, and skillfully to continue the association's exponentially increasing membership and influence. Lincoln is passionate about the health and direction of the association, in part evidenced by his seeking other voices to carry through along with his own. He is widely recognized and admired for his ability to navigate issues with clarity, impartiality, and charity.

Lincoln’s key strengths include:

• Intelligence

• Integrity

• Vision

• Compassion in thought, action and deed

• Embodiment of leadership

• Creating an atmosphere for, and encouraging, collaboration

• Very intense people skills, and networking skills which serve the organization well

• Having inspiringly articulated the purpose of the association in his address to the annual conference

• Increasing awareness of the organization among prominent individuals in the global Transhumanist community, through personal visitations and online interviews and discussions

• Engaging higher visibility members of the broader Transhumanist community in the MTA

Reconcile the Members of the Body of Christ

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), the largest Mormon denomination, has raised charges of apostasy against two prominent Mormons: Kate Kelly of Ordain Women, and John Dehlin of Mormon Stories. Although the Mormon Transhumanist Association (MTA) is not affiliated with any of these organizations, most MTA members are also members of the LDS Church, and some MTA members have strong differing opinions about the recent events.

The MTA affirms the authority of the LDS Church to discipline LDS Church members within the constraints of local laws. It also recognizes the legitimacy of the institutionalized process by which the LDS Church resolves such conflicts, and does not wish to interfere.

All MTA members support a moral vision expressed in the Transhumanist Declaration and the Mormon Transhumanist Affirmation. The Affirmation states: “We seek the spiritual and physical exaltation of individuals and their anatomies, as well as communities and their environments, according to their wills, desires and laws, to the extent they are not oppressive.” The Declaration states that policymaking within governments and other institutions “ought to be guided by responsible and inclusive moral vision, taking seriously both opportunities and risks, respecting autonomy and individual rights, and showing solidarity with and concern for the interests and dignity of all people …” and that we must “… consider our moral responsibilities towards generations that will exist in the future.”

Emerging technology is connecting us with each other in ways and to extents that are unprecedented in human history. More of us, more often, encounter minds and bodies that differ from our own. Such experiences seem likely to become increasingly pronounced going forward, presenting many social challenges even more serious than those we now face.

While there is more than one way of managing social challenges, Mormonism is nothing if not committed to the way of reconciliation and atonement, as exemplified and invited by Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5: 17-20). With Jesus, we would trust in, change toward, and fully immerse our bodies and minds in the role of Christ: consoling, healing, and raising each other together (Romans 8: 16-18). With Jesus, we would ask others not only to show love for us, but also to express their will so that we might know how to love them (John 14: 13-15).

The apostle Paul described the Church as the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12). As a body consists of parts with many different functions, so the Church consists of members with many different gifts. As a body needs all of its parts, so the Church needs all of its members. When part of a body suffers, the whole body suffers with it, working to console and heal the whole. So it should be among members of the Church, working to reconcile with each other as one Body of Christ.

Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, echoed Jesus and Paul when commenting on the fundamentals of our religion: “The inquiry is frequently made of me, ‘Wherein do you differ from others in your religious views?’ In reality and essence we do not differ so far in our religious views, but that we could all drink into one principle of love. One of the grand fundamental principles of Mormonism is to receive truth, let it come from whence it may. … If I esteem mankind to be in error, shall I bear them down? No. I will lift them up, and in their own way too, if I cannot persuade them my way is better; and I will not seek to compel any man to believe as I do, only by the force of reasoning, for truth will cut its own way. Do you believe in Jesus Christ and the Gospel of salvation which He revealed? So do I. Christians should cease wrangling and contending with each other, and cultivate the principles of union and friendship in their midst; and they will do it before the millennium can be ushered in and Christ takes possession of His kingdom” (History of the Church 5: 499).

Recent events present a crucial opportunity, both for the LDS Church and for Mormons who dissent from mainstream views, to reinforce precedent for reconciliation and atonement. The MTA encourages all involved in or affected by these events to think of and pray for each other, and to avoid actions that would harm each other, weaken families and friendships, or further polarize or homogenize our religion. Compassion, genuinely informed by and concerned for each other’s interests, is our best way forward.

This is an official statement of the Mormon Transhumanist Association on Wednesday 18 June 2014 in accordance with Article IV Section 9 of its Constitution by unanimous vote of its Board of Directors:

Carl Youngblood
Chris Bradford
Don Bradley
Dorothy Deasy
James Carroll
Joseph West
Karl Hale
Lincoln Cannon
Nathan Hadfield

Archive