Call for Papers for 2015 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association

We cordially invite you to submit papers, artwork, photography, poetry, and music for the 2015 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, which will be held on April 3, 2015, in Salt Lake City, Ut. The aim of this conference is to address the many issues and topics that lie at the intersection of technology and religion, and their impacts on society, and culture including art, music, entertainment, and on society in general. Contributions need not focus only on specifically Mormon religious issues.

Selected artwork will be displayed at the venue during the conference. Poetry and music may be chosen to be presented or performed during the conference.

Papers should be approximately two to seven pages in length.

Authors of accepted papers will be given either 5 or 15 minutes to present the ideas in their papers at the conference depending on whether their papers are accepted for a short or for a long presentation.

A selection of the best of these contributions (including the poetry and artwork) will subsequently be published in the conference proceedings, which will be made available online and potentially in print form. Therefore, papers should be written with the intent of eventual publication in mind (full citations, references, footnotes, etc.). Authors whose papers are selected for publication will be given an editor to work with, to prepare their final paper for publication.

Among the suggested topics are:

Mormonism
Religion, Anti-Religion and Fundamentalism; Authentic Mormonism; God, Gods and Godhood; Trusting and Being Christ; From the Fullness of Times to the Millennium; Immortality and Eternal Life in Worlds without End

Transhumanism
Transhuman-ism and Trans-humanism; Evolution and the Great Filter Argument; Moore’s Law, Kurzweil’s Law and the Technological Singularity; The Pace of Technological Change; Evolution; The Evolution of Technology; Simulation Argument; Solar Energy; Genome Sequencing; Synthetic Biology; 3D Printing; Genetics and Biotech; Nanotech and Molecular Machines; Robotics and Artificial Intelligence; Substrate Independent Minds; Uploading; Consciousness; Cultural Impact of Technology; Feminism and Gender Issues; Helping humans adapt to the pace of technological change

Transfigurism
Rejecting Fundamentalism; Rejecting Anti-Religiosity; Transfigurist Science; Transfigurist Politics; Transfigurist Art; Promoting Benevolence; Promoting Creativity; Engineering Transfiguration; Engineering Resurrection; Engineering Renewal of this World; Engineering Worlds without End; The Faith Assumption; The Angel Argument; The Benevolence Argument; The Creation Argument; The New God Argument

Please send submissions in RTF, PDF, or MS Word format to admin@transfigurism.org, by email attachment. Include author's full name, contact information, and title.

Some funding is available to reimburse portions of travel for presenters. Please indicate interest in being considered for travel support in the submission email.

For more information, visit the official website of the Mormon Transhumanist Association at transfigurism.org.

Important dates
Conference Paper Deadline: February 22
Presentation Notification Date: March 1

Report on 2014 Humanitarian Activities

The Mormon Transhumanist Association (MTA) was extremely philanthropic in 2014. Members of MTA contributed generously to charity campaigns in Uganda that were conducted by Roger Hansen and Hank Pellissier, managers of MTA humanitarian projects.

Below is a list of sponsored campaigns with an estimate of MTA philanthropy in each:

Uganda Orphanage Chicken Farm - http://www.gofundme.com/Eggs-For-Orphans---Uganda
This campaign was extremely successful. In two months, $3,100 was raised to build a chicken farm of 200 chickens to help an orphanage in Jinja achieve self-sufficiency. MTA was the largest contributor to this campaign. MTA members donated about $1,100. The Chicken Farm appears headed for success - the chickens will be laying eggs in about 5 weeks.

Uganda Carpentry Workshop for AIDS Orphans - http://funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/orphan-carpenters
This successful campaign raised $1,073. It was almost entirely funded by MTA members; MTA members donated about $835. The money purchased tools for the carpenters. They are very grateful. Hank Pellissier is invited to give the commencement speech at their graduation ceremony on January 17th - he will thank MTA contributors in his presentation.

Kikoy Dresses for Uganda Orphans - http://funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/orphangirls
This campaign raised $900 to give orphan girls dresses, tailored by Ugandans. MTA members donated about $250 to this campaign.

DeWorm Ugandan Children at Kasese Humanist Primary School - http://www.gofundme.com/parasiticworms
This very short campaign raised $2,675 in two days. MTA members contributed $130.

Uganda Computer Training School in Masaka - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/uganda-computer-training-school-in-masaka/x/342678
This project is praised by many as an “ideal MTA project” because it promotes education in technology as a path to prosperity. Roger Hansen initiated this project. MTA members contributed about $340 of the total $488 raised. Roger and other Mormons will be installing this school, beginning in January.

Swing Sets for Rural Uganda Orphanages and Schools - https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/swing-sets-for-uganda-rural-orphans-children/x/342678
Another campaign initiated by Roger Hansen. MTA members contributed all $831 that this campaign raised. Roger will be installing swing sets in January. Hank hopes to help him.

TOTAL Mormon Transhumanist Association CONTRIBUTIONS to Uganda Campaigns: Approximately $3,486

Additionally, MTA KIVA members have lent $4,175 in KIVA microloans. http://www.kiva.org/team/transfigurism

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/

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