Screening of The Immortalists

The Mormon Transhumanist Association is sponsoring a screening of The Immortalists at the Megaplex 17 Thanksgiving Point theater in Lehi UT on Monday 19 January 2015 at 7:30pm. Tickets must be reserved at Gathr before 9 January 2015:

http://gathr.us/screening/9844

The Immortalists is the story of two eccentric scientists struggling to create eternal youth with medical breakthroughs in a world they call “blind to the tragedy of old age.” Bill Andrews is a lab biologist and famed long-distance runner racing against the ultimate clock. Aubrey de Grey is a genius theoretical biologist who conducts his research with a beer in hand. They differ in style and substance, but are united in their common crusade: cure aging or die trying.

2014 Survey of the Mormon Transhumanist Association

Dear members of the Mormon Transhumanist Association,

You're invited to participate in the association's 2014 survey, which will help association leadership better represent you and your interests. As in previous years, we've designed the survey such that you can complete it in less than 5 minutes! Here's the link:

https://docs.google.com/a/transfigurism.org/forms/d/1y8Rjb5AFzRbY9MgRjSn4PuQJXxi0cMORdFAdt6dvJ38/viewform

Our goal is to help everyone participate, so if you have any questions or concerns with accessing or understanding it, please let us know -- reply to this message or contact admin@transfigurism.org.

In addition to the basic survey questions, there are some special sections to help us drill a bit deeper into what makes a Mormon Transhumanist tick. The special sections are related to theology, the problem of evil, and consciousness. If you decide to think about and answer these questions, it will require more than 5 minutes, so the survey is designed to give you the option to skip these questions if you can't make time for them.

You are important to the association, and this survey is an important way for leadership to stay in touch with you. Please share your perspective and feedback. We value it and try to act on it. Here again is the link to the survey:

https://docs.google.com/a/transfigurism.org/forms/d/1y8Rjb5AFzRbY9MgRjSn4PuQJXxi0cMORdFAdt6dvJ38/viewform

You can also see the results of surveys from past years here:

http://transfigurism.org/pages/about/member-survey-results/

MTA will co-publish ebook anthology on Charity, Futurism & Religion - send in your essays

The Mormon Transhumanist Association will co-publish an ebook anthology in Spring 2015, tentatively titled:

The Poorest of the Poor will find Pasture -
religion, the future, and the charitable impulse


The first line of the title is from Isaiah 14:30 (New International Version). The prophet is forecasting a future in which poverty is eradicated. Isaiah - messenger of the Deity - foretells an end to economic inequity because God is outraged by the injustice:

“What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?"
declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty. Isaiah 3:15


The anthology seeks submissions that explore this topic in 1,000-2,500 words. We’re looking for scriptural analyses from any religion, transhumanist predictions supported by statistics, neurological definitions of empathy, and anything else that directly or obliquely qualifies. Deadline is December 15, 2014.

Editors of the project are Alex McGilvery, Dorothy Deasy, Ben Blair and Hank Pellissier.

Alex is a pastor at Northminster Memorial Unity Church in Flin Flon, Canada. He is also a novelist, an editor, and VP of the Brighter Brains Institute ( BBI will be co-publisher of this anthology).

Dorothy Deasy is a writer who has spoken at several MTA conferences. She is Secretary of the MTA, Secretary of the Christian Transhumanists, and a Board member of Brighter Brains Institute.

Ben is a filmmaker in Oakland, California. He is an MTA member, an essayist, and a contributor to the MTA/BBI crowdfund campaign to help orphans in Uganda.

Hank Pellissier is the MTA’s Manager of Humanitarian Activities and the program director of BBI.

Please send questions & submissions to hank.pellissier@transfigurism.org

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