The Future of Religions/Religions of the Future is a two-day conference (4-5 June) examining how two of the 21st Century's driving forces, religion and technology, will continue to re-shape each other and, in the process, re-cast our understanding of "humanity" in the Third Millennium. Centered on, but not limited to, virtual worlds and social networking technologies, speakers and panelists will also examine changes precipitated by the biotechnology revolution, cognitive science, information technologies and robotics.
As part of the conference, Lincoln Cannon, president of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, will present on "Mormonism: A Religion of the Future" at 10:30AM Second Life time (Pacific Time) on Wednesday, 4 June. Here is an abstract for Lincoln's presentation:
"We should expect Mormonism to thrive amidst accelerating technological change in coming decades. Its relatively young and reproductive demographics, high cultural retention, emphasis on education, theological compatibility with science, moderate stances in bioethics, and persistent adoption of new technologies will be drivers. The views of Mormon Transhumanists may provide insight into the future of Mormonism."
The conference will be held in the central nexus of the Transhumanist island, Extropia:
For more information, see the announcement on the Extropia Core web site:
The Mormon Transhumanist Association has established a presence in the virtual world of Second Life to facilitate interaction among its worldwide membership. The association's conference center is located in the dome of a space station orbiting above the Inspired Technologies office tower on the Mormon island of Adam ondi Ahman [Jan 2008: Our Second Life conference center location has since changed.]. Please visit any time, and look forward to announcements about association events in Second Life!
The Mormon Transhumanist Association will be hosting the next in their series of monthly round table discussions on 17 May 2008. Subsequent discussions will be held on the third Saturday of each month. This month's discussion will be focused on "Beyond the Atheism-Religion Divide", Krista Tippets' "Speaking of Faith" inteview with Author, Harvey Cox. The podcast can be downloaded here. Andrew West, Director of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, will moderate the discussion. 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 discussion will begin at 7:00 PM Mountain Time. Light refreshments will be served.