2012 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association

The 2012 conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association will be held on 6 April 2012 at the Salt Lake City Public Library in Salt Lake CIty, Utah. The conference will be open to the public. Speakers will address the themes of Mormonism, Transhumanism and Transfigurism, with particular attention to topics at the intersection of technology, spirituality, science and religion.


Travel Assistance Available

The association may cover up to 50% of your travel costs to attend the conference if you meet the following criteria:

1) You must be a voting member of the association. If you are not currently a voting member, you may become one on the "Join" page of the association web site.

2) You must present a paper at the conference. More information about this is available in the call for papers, which appears below.

3) You must live at least 300 miles from Salt Lake City, and indicate a need for travel cost assistance. You may contact association leadership about this by email at admin@transfigurism.org.


Call for Papers

When: April 6, 2012
Where: Salt Lake City Public Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
Submission Deadline: January 31, 2012

The Mormon Transhumanist Association invites papers for its 2012 conference focused on one of three themes: Mormonism, Transhumanism, and Transfigurism.

Papers should be suitable for a reading time of 10–12 minutes (1200 words maximum). Longer papers may be submitted, with the understanding that they will be revised for presentation. Papers will be published in book form in the proceedings of the conference.

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; Simulation Argument; Solar Energy; Genome Sequencing; Synthetic Biology; 3D Printing; Genetics and Biotech; Nanotech and Molecular Machines; Robotics and Artificial Intelligence; Substrate Independent Minds; 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, title and word count for the paper.

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

Authors will be notified of acceptance by February 15th, 2011.

For more information, visit our web site at http://www.transfigurism.org, or contact MTA Vice President Christopher Bradford at christopher.bradford@transfigurism.org.

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