Fourth Monthly Transfigurism Roundtable, April 19, 2008

The Mormon Transhumanist Association will be hosting the next in their series of monthly round table discussions on 19 April 2008. Subsequent discussions will be held on the third Saturday of each month. This month's discussion will be focused on the film Lorenzo's Oil, which we will be screening as a part of the event. 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 film will begin at 7:00 PM Mountain Time with discussion immediately following. Light refreshments will be served.

Lincoln Cannon to Present in Second Life on Sunday, 30 March

Lincoln Cannon, president of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, will give a presentation and a Q/A session in Second Life on 30 March at 10:00 AM PST (11 AM Mountain Time), at the virtual headquarters of SL-Transhumanists.

Abstract: Transhumanism is compatible with at least some religious forms, as illustrated by parallels between basic Transhumanist ideas and an authentic interpretation of Mormon metaphysics, theodicy, eschatology and soteriology. These parallels also provide a basis from which to judge the relative compatibility of other religious forms, such as Christianity, with Transhumanism.

SUNDAY - 30 MARCH

1000 AM - 1200 PM SLT

SL-Transhumanists @ extropia core

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This presentation has been organized by the Second Life chapter of the World Transhumanist Association, and the original announcement is available here.

Sophrosyne's Saturday Salon: Religion, Spirituality and the Avatar - 15 March

On Saturday, March 15, from 1-3pm (Second Life time) at the Central Nexus in Extropia Core, the Salon Spotlight Guest will be Soren Ferlinghetti (Robert M Geraci). Robert M. Geraci is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Manhattan College in New York City. He studies the interactions of religion, science and technology with particular emphasis upon robotics, artificial intelligence and (more recently) online gaming. he has conducted fieldwork at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute and in Second Life through discussions and interviews. In addition to publishing a number of essays on religion and robotics, he has just finished a book on the subject (tentatively titled _Apocalyptic AI: Visions of Heaven in Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Virtual Reality_) and is planning a new book about religion and online games. More information is available on the Finding Sophrosyne blog.

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