World Transhumanist Association $25,000 Matching Grant

Dear Fellow Transhumanist,

Be a part of Transhumanist history!

Bill Faloon of Life Extension Foundation and Brian Cartmell of Cartmell Holdings, LLC, have generously offered to help us kick off our first fundraising event by matching your donations up to $25,000 until January 31, 2008.

We need 250 members to give $100 each, so your donations can be doubled. This is a unique opportunity we cannot afford to miss!

This money will fund three projects necessary for the WTA's survival against a well-funded, organized, and vocal opposition. We intend to spread our memes through:

1) H+ Quarterly Digital Magazine

Featuring stories, interviews, news, and an events calendar, to be edited by the visionary journalist R.U. Sirius. It will be a fresh, fun and powerful medium for presenting all of our ideas to our membership and the general public.

2) Website Redesign, Logo and Branding

A desperately needed "extreme makeover" to get our ideas out there!

3) Student Outreach Road Show

Organize a one-day event at a top university to trial-run this concept, for educational exploration and membership growth.

Through members' generous efforts, we will be offering a special H+ T-shirt for each $100 donation, and autographed copies of Citizen Cyborg, Ending Aging, or The Singularity is Near for $250 donations.

I know that this time of year you receive many requests for donations. But this is the first time the WTA has asked for this kind of support from our members. We need you now. Please help.

To make these projects a reality, make your secure donation at our website, www.transhumanism.org/match.

You may also send a check to WTA, PO Box 128, Willington, CT 06279.

The World Transhumanist Association is a 501(c)(3) organization and your contribution will be tax- deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Help Transhumanism grow.

Sincerely,

James ClementExecutive DirectorWorld Transhumanist Association

P.S. Please forward this to your family, friends and like-minded associates. We need their help, too!

Join the Facebook Group for the Mormon Transhumanist Association

The Mormon Transhumanist Association is now in Facebook!

Facebook is a social networking tool that enables you to share news, pictures, links and videos with your friends, and to make some new friends along the way. It's also a great way to express ideas and let others know what you think about Mormon Transhumanism.

If you are already a member of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, you should have received an email invitation to join our Facebook group -- check your spam filter if you haven't seen it yet. Nineteen members of the association have already joined the group. Come join, and help spread the word!

By the way, we've also put together some Facebook applications for searching Mormon and Transhumanist web sites (or both). Add these to your Facebook profile to encourage others to research and learn more about Mormon Transhumanism.

Mormons on Science and Technology

The Mormon Transhumanist Association seeks to promote awareness, particularly among Mormons, of opportunities and risks associated with advances in science and technology. To that end, the association has begun to aggregate blogs that cover both Mormonism and science or technology. You can view the aggregation here [Jan 2009]:

http://transfigurism.org/blogs/default.aspx?view=mormonism

Here is a list of the blogs that are currently being aggregated:

Joel Dehlin -- The CTO of the LDS Church shares perspectives on leading the technological efforts of the church.

LDS Science Review -- Jared*, a regular contributor to the community of Mormon blog sites known as the Bloggernacle, discusses the relation between the LDS Church and diverse scientific topics.

LDSTech Site -- The technology department of the LDS Church provides updates on their latest work.

More Good Foundation -- This Mormon non-profit organization encourages Mormons to leverage technology, particularly the Internet, to share the Gospel of Christ.

Mormons and Evolution -- Three Mormon scholars present their thoughts on the reconciliation of Mormonism and evolution.

Convergence of Science and Religion -- Allen Leigh, author of "One Mormon's View of the Science-Religion Debate", writes about parallels between Mormonism and modern scientific understanding. [Jan 2009: Allen's site is now aggregated with Mormon Transhumanist Association blogs.]

If you would like to recommend other Mormon blogs that focus on science or technology, please contact us as admin@transfigurism.org.

James Clement Appointed Executive Director for the World Transhumanist Association

The Mormon Transhumanist Association congratulates and expresses support for James Clement, who has been appointed Executive Director of the World Transhumanist Association. The press release from the World Transhumanist Association follows.

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WILLINGTON, Conn., Aug. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of the World Transhumanist Association ("WTA") is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. James Clement as its new Executive Director effective September 1, 2007.

About James Clement

Mr. Clement is an attorney and serial entrepreneur. His most recent position was C.O.O. of the Maximum Life Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to accelerate research into anti-aging and life- extension. Mr. Clement has successfully launched and operated a number of startup companies and held consulting and management positions in non-profit, government, and corporate organizations. He began his career in international business and real estate law, and worked for several years at Arthur Young & Company in New York City.

Mr. Clement has been awarded degrees from Truman State University, the University of California Hastings College of the Law, and the New York University School of Law.

Mr. Clement notes, "I'm looking forward to working on behalf of Transhumanism and the WTA. Never before have the tools to improve the human condition, including an end to starvation, mental and physical disease, and even death itself, been more powerful or readily available.

"I would like to see the WTA play an important role in encouraging the development and use of new technologies for positive change. I will work to help bring the Tranhumanists' 'Big Ideas' to more people around the world, and especially to college campuses, where these future technologies are being spawned."

Chair of the WTA and Director of the Oxford Future of Humanity Institute, Dr. Nick Bostrom, added: "Life extension, cognitive enhancement, and the use of biotechnology to enable lives that are 'better than well': these prospects are still opposed by some and regarded with indifference by many. We look forward to working with James Clement as he organizes the WTA, so it can achieve its mission -- to explain why these prospects are significant, and why they deserve to become social priorities."

About The World Transhumanist Association

The World Transhumanist Association is an international nonprofit membership organization which advocates the ethical use of technology to expand human capacities. We support the development of and access to new technologies that enable everyone to enjoy better minds, better bodies and better lives. In other words, we want people to be better than well.

Our website is: http://www.transhumanism.org/

Video of a Mormon Perspective on Transhumanism

Carl Youngblood, a director of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, introduces Transhumanism to a Mormon audience and highlights parallels and complements between the two movements.

Below is a link to the video, so that you can comment on or rate it on the Google site:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8898006171309118841&hl=en

Mormon Transhumanist Association to Present at Sunstone Symposium

The Mormon Transhumanist Association will present at the Sunstone Symposium in Salt Lake City on Friday 10 August 2007 at 10AM in the Salt Lake Sheraton City Centre Hotel.

Panel PRACTICAL FAITH IN PROPHETIC VISION

Abstract

Mormon scripture and tradition present to us diverse prophetic visions of transfiguration, immortality, resurrection, renewal of this world, and the discovery and creation of worlds without end. Mormon Transhumanists believe that science and technology will contribute toward fulfillment of these prophecies, perhaps much sooner than commonly expected. In this session, panelists will explain why they are members of the Mormon Transhumanist Association and how they view the near future.

Moderator LINCOLN CANNON, M.B.A., president, Mormon Transhumanist Association, software engineering manager

Panelists

BRENT ALLSOP, B.S., computer science; member, board of directors, Mormon Transhumanist Association; software engineer

JOEY WEST, philosophy student, member, board of directors, Mormon Transhumanist Association; stay-at-home dad

BRYANT SMITH, B.S., computer science; member, board of directors, Mormon Transhumanist Association; software engineer

KATHY WILSON, member, Mormon Transhumanist Association; artist

KARL HALE, MAcc; member, board of directors, Mormon Transhumanist Association; software engineering director

CHRISTOPHER BRADFORD, B.A., linguistics; vice-president, Mormon Transhumanist Association; software architect

The full program for Sunstone Symposium is available here:

http://www.sunstoneonline.com/symposium/new/SL07-prem.pdf

Registration is available here:

http://www.sunstoneonline.com/symposium/symp-register.asp

TransVision 2007 - Transhumanity Saving Humanity: Inner Space to Outer Space

TransVision 2007, the international conference of the World Transhumanist Association, will be held in Chicago, 23-26 July 2007.

Do you believe that emerging technology will give society the ability to solve the greatest challenges facing humanity? What's the biggest priority: longevity therapies, sustainable energy, clean water, a restored environment, or space development?

The World Transhumanist Association is a global non-profit member organization dedicated to the ethical use of technology to expand human capacities. The WTA supports the development of and access to new technologies that enable everyone to enjoy better minds, better bodies and better lives. This philosophy would be negligent without considering a better environment and a better planet in which to live. How can we live better than well if we don't take action now to solve the greatest challenges facing our world?

Therefore, the theme of TransVision 2007 is: Transhumanity Saving Humanity: Inner Space to Outer Space, and will feature three full days of compelling dialogue with the greatest minds of today about creating the civilizations of tomorrow. TV07 brings extraordinary people from across the globe together with more than 30 distinguished speakers, entertainers and visionaries including: award-winning inventor, futurist, author Raymond Kurzweil; acclaimed longevity scientist, Aubrey de Grey; and Emmy award winning actor, William Shatner.

For more information and registration, visit the TransVision 2007 site:

http://www.transvision2007.com

Free Download of Sunstone Cover Article on Transfiguration

As announced previously on this site, the March 2007 edition of Sunstone magazine featured as its cover article: "Transfiguration: Parallels and Complements between Mormonism and Transhumanism". This article was written by members of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, and is intended primarily for a Mormon audience. It presents some basic Transhumanist ideas about the future and compares them to Mormon scripture and tradition.

We are happy to announce that the Sunstone Education Foundation has kindly allowed us to post an electronic copy of the article for free download, here:

http://transfigurism.org/documents/transfiguration.pdf

Enjoy!

PBS Releases Documentary on Mormons

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of America's fastest growing religions, and its influence circles the globe. Yet the birth of Mormonism and its history is one of America's great neglected narratives. This four-hour documentary brings together FRONTLINE and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE in their first co-production to provide a searching portrait of this fascinating but often misunderstood religion.

http://www.shoppbs.org/sm-pbs-the-mormons-dvd--pi-2657899.html

Sunstone Magazine Features Mormon Transhumanist Association as Cover Article

The current edition of Sunstone Magazine features an article by the Mormon Transhumanist Association on its cover. The article is entitled "Transfiguration: Parallels and Complements between Mormonism and Transhumanism". It is an adaptation, for a Mormon audience, of another document originally written by several members of the association. The article discusses similarities between Mormon and Transhumanist views of the future, relating the Fullness of Times to the Fourth Epoch, the Millennium to the Technological Singularity, and Joseph Smith's teachings on worlds without end to Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom's Simulation Argument.

Tomorrow evening, the Mormon Transhumanist Association is hosting a seminar at which the article will be presented.

Mormon Transhumanist Association Seminar in Salt Lake City

The Mormon Transhumanist Association will be hosting a seminar on 28 April 2007, to present the content of the recent Sunstone Magazine cover article, "Transfiguration: Parallels and Complements between Mormonism and Transhumanism".

Carl Youngblood, Director of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, will present the article.

Dan Wotherspoon, Executive Director of Sunstone Education Foundation, will respond.

Lincoln Cannon, President of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, will comment.

The event will be held in the conference hall of the Arnell-West building located at 3441 S 2200 W, Salt Lake City, Utah, just southeast of the E-Center.

The presentation will begin at 7:00 PM Mountain Time. Following the presentation there will be an informal Q&A and group discussion.

Light refreshments will be served.

A video recording will be available for download from transfigurism.org following the event. The article may be downloaded here:

http://transfigurism.org/documents/transfiguration.pdf

Mormon Transhumanist Association to Present at Sunstone Symposium West

Lincoln Cannon will represent the Mormon Transhumanist Association at the Sunstone Symposium West in San Francisco on 21 April at 2PM in the Clarion Hotel, San Francisco Airport.

Lincoln will present the paper "Transfiguration: Parallels and Complements between Mormonism and Transhumanism", which is the cover article for the April 2007 issue of Sunstone magazine. Dan Wotherspoon, Executive Director of Sunstone Education Foundation, will respond.

The full program for Sunstone Symposium West is available here:

http://www.sunstoneonline.com/symposium/new/2007-SF-prelim.pdf

Registration is available here:

http://www.sunstoneonline.com/symposium/symp-register.asp

Mormon Transhumanist Association to Present in Second Life

Sunday, April 29, 2007 - 10am PST/1pm EST/6pm UK

Uvvy Island, Second Life

James Hughes will present his paper "The Compatibility of Religious and Transhumanist Views of Metaphysics, Suffering, Virtue and Transcendence in an Enhanced Future" (PDF).

Extropia DaSilva, a "transhumanist avatar" who writes some of the best mind expanding stuff about first and second life, the universe and everything, will give a talk in text.

William Sims Bainbridge will speak on the future of religion.

Giulio Prisco will summarize his article/book precis "Engineering Transcendence".

Lincoln Cannon will speak on behalf of the Mormon Transhumanist Association.

This will be one of the last Uvvy Island events using text chat as the main conversation mode. One or two of the speakers will use relatime video and voice. Participants will ask questions by text chat, and speakers will answer by text, voice or video.

Transvision 2007 Discounted Early Registration

Dear Fellow Transhumanist:

This year, the World Transhumanist Association celebrates the 9th anniversary of what has become one of the most important gatherings of science, technology and policy leaders in the world: the TransVision 2007 global conference, to be held July 23-26 at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago, IL.

http://transvision2007.com/

I hope you can join us. The scope of the program and the quality of speakers is unprecedented.
Do you believe that emerging technology will give society the ability to solve the greatest challenges facing humanity?

What's the biggest priority: longevity therapies, sustainable energy, clean water, a restored environment, or space development?

This is just a small sampling of the issues we'll discuss as we search for answers to these challenges.

You'll have your choice of more than 30 speakers including:

Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D. acclaimed longevity scientist Raymond Kurzweil, inventor, author, futurist William Shatner, Emmy award winning actor, environmentalist Nick Bostrom, WTA chair and founder

You'll be able to network with hundreds of others who believe in the possibility of a much brighter future or more. You'll enjoy four days of intensive learning with some of the most influential academics, business executives, decision-makers, and celebrities from the U.S. and around the globe. You'll enjoy world-class entertainment, and can even choose to experience zero-gravity on the Zero-G plane* as an additional activity.

If you have never attended, you'll find that TransVison is unlike anything you've experienced. Many participants will come to Chicago from across the globe just to attend. You'll want to make sure you come this year! It is only the second time in the history of the event to be held in the United States.

I urge you to take a look at the program and list of confirmed speakers on our web site - http://www.transvision2007.com/.

I also urge you to register soon, as we will fill up and will cut off registration once we reach capacity. If you register by Sunday, April 15th, you will receive a $200 discount off of the regular registration fee. So don't wait.

Register today at: http://www.transvision2007.com/

I hope you can make it.

Sincerely,

Charlie Kam

TransVision2007

Conference Chair

* Zero-G tickets sold separately and are not included in conference registration fee.

Cyborg Buddha Project

The IEET has launched the Cyborg Buddha Project. Here is a description of the project from their site:

"A confluence of factors makes this the perfect time to ask questions about how neurotechnologies that influence behavior, moral cognition and religious experiences should be used in the future. People on the Christian Right are embroiled in a debate about whether to accept scientific evidence for a biological basis for sexual orientation, and if they do, whether parents should “fix” their gay children in utero. Psychologists and economists are researching the genetic, life course and environmental factors that influence well-being, yielding findings such as cosmetic surgery being as strong a contributor to happiness as religious participation. Bioethics have created the subgenre of neuroethics to examine brain fingerprinting, memory modification and other neurotechnologies.

"Devices are being tested to measure empathy and vulnerability to temptation. Resistance is growing internationally to the disastrous policies of “warring" on psychoactive drugs, and in the process on cognitive liberty itself. Neurophilosophers are arguing for a thorough grounding of philosophy in neurology and evolutionary psychology. People of faith are increasingly entering into dialogue with human enhancement advocates about the theological significance of the transhumanist project.

"So the IEET will be launching the Cyborg Buddha Project to combine our efforts and promote discussion of the impact that neuroscience and emerging neurotechnologies will have on happiness, spirituality, cognitive liberty, moral behavior and the exploration of meditational and ecstatic states of mind. This project will be under the direction of IEET Executive Director James Hughes, and IEET Board of Directors members Michael LaTorra and George Dvorsky."

The site also points out that the three directors of the project have various ties to Buddhism. James Hughes was a Buddhist monk, Mike LaTorra is a Zen priest, and George Dvorsky is a practicing Buddhist.

Happy Anniversary!

Today is the first anniversary of the online community of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, and a good time to look back on some of the things we've accomplished so far.

1) Authored, Adopted and Amended the Constitution of the Mormon Transhumanist Association

2) Affiliated with the World Transhumanist Association

3) Authored and Presented at the Sunstone Symposium the "Parallels and Complements between Mormonism and Transhumanism"

4) Increased Regular Membership to 43 and Voting Membership to 13

5) Contributed to the Rosetta @ Home Project, Rising to Position 261 of 4711 in the World

6) Authored the Articles of Incorporation of the Mormon Transhumanist Association and Incorporated in the State of Utah of the United States

7) Elected and Organized a Board of Directors and Officers

8) Created Online Tools, such as Mormonism Search and Transhumanism Search, for the Mormon and Transhumanist Communities

9) Designed and Adopted the Logo of the Mormon Transhumanist Association

10) Increased Site Visits to Over 20,000 per Month

11) Established the Transfigurism Shop and Online Donations for Fundraising

12) Engaged in Activities, Discussion about and Promotion of Mormon Transhumanism Here and Elsewhere

The future is looking bright for the Mormon Transhumanist Association. Various promotional opportunities are in the works: for example, Sunstone magazine will soon publish a new version of the "Parallels and Complements between Mormonism and Transhumanism" document as its cover article. Fund raising is accelerating as voting membership increases, substantial donations come in, and we work to complete additional projects such as the Transfigurism Book Store. Opportunities to forward the purpose of the association abound, and we'll be discussing how we can further engage in these over the coming year.

Thank you, Mormon Transhumanists, for your effort and support! Like you, my faith -- my will -- is that we will make a positive difference in the future, expanding both minds and hearts to forward the glorious work of bringing together, in all ways, the human and the divine.

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