Speakers and Topics for MTA Conference 2012


The 2012 conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association will be held on 6 April 2012 from 9am to 5pm at the Salt Lake City Public Library in Salt Lake CIty, Utah. The conference is open to the public.


Previous conferences sponsored by the Mormon Transhumanist Association include the 2010 Transhumanism and Spirituality conference and the 2009 Mormonism and Engineering conference.


Speakers will address the themes of Mormonism, Transhumanism and Transfigurism, with particular attention to topics at the intersection of technology, spirituality, science and religion.


Here is a preliminary list of speakers and topics:

  • Adam Davis on “Scientific Realism and the Simulation Argument”
  • Brad Carmack on “Mormonism Beyond the Gender Binary”
  • Brent Allsop on “Ushering in the Millennium”
  • Carl Youngblood on “Compassionate Obsolescence: Coping with Technological Change”
  • Chris Bradford on “Bodies Without End: Embodiment in a Substrate-Independent World”
  • Chris Bradford on “Wise as Serpents, Harmless as Doves: Subverting Dogma in an LDS Context”
  • Cory Funk on “The Utility of Belief and Agnosticism”
  • Dan Wotherspoon on “Things Mormon Transhumanist Nerds Should Keep in Mind When Interacting with Potential Non-Transhumanist Allies — Especially Ones within Their Own Tradition”
  • Don Bradley on “‘The Grand Fundamental Principle’: Friendship as Partaking of the Divine Nature”
  • Dorothy Deasy on “Post-biological Transfiguration”
  • Eric Swedin on “Why Transhumanist Immortality is a Bad Idea”
  • Evan Hadfield on “God as Universal Experience: A Buddhist and Mormon Perspective”
  • Giulio Prisco on “The Turing Church of Transcendent Engineering”
  • James Carroll on “Epiphenomenalism, the Problem with Property Dualism”
  • Jamie Driessen on “Machine Skepticism Using a Non-Classical Suspension of a Logic Gate”
  • Karl Hale on “Worshiping an Extra-Terrestrial Humanoid Deity”
  • Kathy Wilson on “From Mormon to Mystic”
  • Leonard Reil on “The Plurality of Gods: An Uncomfortable Doctrine”
  • Lincoln Cannon on "The History, Status and Plans of the Mormon Transhumanist Association"
  • Marcus Flinders on “Taxation in a Millennial World”
  • Micah Redding on “Transhumanism and the Christian Story”
  • Michael Ferguson on “Toward a Science of Spirituality”
  • Mike Perry on “Christian Atheist Universal Immortalism”
  • Roger Hansen on “Putting a Ghost in the Machine”
  • Varden Hadfield on “How Amazing is Grace? The Role of Jesus Christ in Mormonism and Transhumanism”
Early registrants are eligible for discounts. Register today!

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