Revised Schedule for the Mormon Transhumanist Association 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. Speakers will address the themes of Mormonism, Transhumanism and Transfigurism, with particular attention to topics at the intersection of technology, spirituality, science and religion. The schedule has been revised as follows: Roger Hansen will be unable to attend, and Lincoln Cannon will speak on "The Consolation: An Interpretive Variation on the King Follett Sermon of Joseph Smith". The conference is open to the public. Register today!


MORNING SESSION 9:00am-11:55pm
Conducting: Lincoln Cannon

9:00am-9:10am BUSINESS Lincoln Cannon

9:15am-9:25am KEYNOTE Chris Bradford on “Wise as Serpents, Harmless as Doves: Subverting Dogma in an LDS Context”

9:30am-9:40am Varden Hadfield on “How Amazing is Grace? The Role of Jesus Christ in Mormonism and Transhumanism”
9:45am-9:55am Dan Wotherspoon on “Things Mormon Transhumanist Nerds Should Keep in Mind When Interacting with Potential Non-Transhumanist Allies — Especially Ones within Their Own Tradition”
10:00am-10:10am Kathy Wilson on “From Mormon to Mystic”
10:15am-10:25am Brad Carmack on “Mormonism Beyond the Gender Binary”
10:30am-10:40am Evan Hadfield on “God as Universal Experience: A Buddhist and Mormon Perspective”
10:45am-10:55am Leonard Reil on “The Gods of Eternity”
11:00am-11:10am Don Bradley on “‘The Grand Fundamental Principle’: Friendship as Partaking of the Divine Nature”
11:15am-11:25am Karl Hale on “Worshiping an Extra-Terrestrial Humanoid Deity”
11:30am-11:40am Marcus Flinders on “Taxation in a Millennial World”

11:45am-11:55am KEYNOTE Chris Bradford on “Bodies Without End: Embodiment in a Substrate-Independent World”

LUNCH 12:00pm-12:55pm

AFTERNOON SESSION 1:00pm-5:00pm
Conducting: Chris Bradford

1:00pm-1:05pm BUSINESS Chris Bradford

1:10pm-1:40pm KEYNOTE Giulio Prisco on “The Turing Church of Transcendent Engineering”

1:45pm-1:55pm Jamie Driessen on “Machine Skepticism Using a Non-Classical Suspension of a Logic Gate”
2:00pm-2:10pm James Carroll on “Epiphenomenalism, the Problem with Property Dualism”
2:15pm-2:25pm Eric Swedin on “Why Transhumanist Immortality is a Bad Idea”
2:30pm-2:40pm Carl Youngblood on “Compassionate Obsolescence: Coping with Technological Change”
2:45pm-2:55pm Adam Davis on “Scientific Realism and the Simulation Argument”
3:00pm-3:10pm Brent Allsop on “Ushering in the Millennium”
3:15pm-3:25pm Michael Ferguson on “Toward a Science of Spirituality”
3:30pm-3:40pm Mike Perry on “Christian Atheist Universal Immortalism”
3:45pm-3:55pm Dorothy Deasy on “Post-biological Transfiguration”
4:00pm-4:10pm Micah Redding on “Transhumanism and the Christian Story”

4:15pm-5:00pm KEYNOTE Lincoln Cannon on “The Consolation: An Interpretive Variation on the King Follett Sermon of Joseph Smith”

Register for the conference today!

Results from Mormon Transhumanist Association Member Survey 2011

The Mormon Transhumanist Association has released results of its 2011 member survey. The survey results provide aggregate statistics of members' views on religion and politics, satisfaction with the association, and demographics.

In 2011, the association grew from 120 members to 143 members, and 71 members participated in the survey. Notable statistical changes since 2010 include:


  • Membership in Utah decreased from 40% to 31% (membership outside the United States increased from 13% to 17%)
  • Membership identifying as "no opinion" in cultural politics decreased from 14% to 5% (membership identifying as conservative in cultural politics increased from 7% to 13%)
  • Membership identifying as progressive in economic politics increased from 21% to 41% (membership identifying as moderate in economic politics decreased from 33% to 23%)
  • Membership reporting a divorced marital status decreased from 14% to 4% (membership reporting a married marital status increased from 58% to 64%, and membership reporting a remarried marital status increased from 7% to 10%)
  • Membership reporting incomplete college education decreased from 26% to 13% (membership reporting postgraduate education increased from 42% to 47%, and membership reporting incomplete postgraduate education increased from 7% to 11%)

Schedule for the Mormon Transhumanist Association 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. Register today!

Speakers will address the themes of Mormonism, Transhumanism and Transfigurism, with particular attention to topics at the intersection of technology, spirituality, science and religion. Previous conferences sponsored by the Mormon Transhumanist Association include the 2010 Transhumanism and Spirituality conference and the 2009 Mormonism and Engineering conference.


MORNING SESSION 9:00am-11:55pm
Conducting: Lincoln Cannon

9:00am-9:10am BUSINESS Lincoln Cannon

9:15am-9:25am KEYNOTE Chris Bradford on “Wise as Serpents, Harmless as Doves: Subverting Dogma in an LDS Context”

9:30am-9:40am Varden Hadfield on “How Amazing is Grace? The Role of Jesus Christ in Mormonism and Transhumanism”
9:45am-9:55am Dan Wotherspoon on “Things Mormon Transhumanist Nerds Should Keep in Mind When Interacting with Potential Non-Transhumanist Allies — Especially Ones within Their Own Tradition”
10:00am-10:10am Kathy Wilson on “From Mormon to Mystic”
10:15am-10:25am Brad Carmack on “Mormonism Beyond the Gender Binary”
10:30am-10:40am Evan Hadfield on “God as Universal Experience: A Buddhist and Mormon Perspective”
10:45am-10:55am Leonard Reil on “The Gods of Eternity”
11:00am-11:10am Don Bradley on “‘The Grand Fundamental Principle’: Friendship as Partaking of the Divine Nature”
11:15am-11:25am Karl Hale on “Worshiping an Extra-Terrestrial Humanoid Deity”
11:30am-11:40am Marcus Flinders on “Taxation in a Millennial World”

11:45am-11:55am KEYNOTE Chris Bradford on “Bodies Without End: Embodiment in a Substrate-Independent World”

LUNCH 12:00pm-12:55pm

AFTERNOON SESSION 1:00pm-5:00pm
Conducting: Chris Bradford

1:00pm-1:05pm BUSINESS Chris Bradford

1:10pm-1:40pm KEYNOTE Giulio Prisco on “The Turing Church of Transcendent Engineering”

1:45pm-1:55pm Jamie Driessen on “Machine Skepticism Using a Non-Classical Suspension of a Logic Gate”
2:00pm-2:10pm James Carroll on “Epiphenomenalism, the Problem with Property Dualism”
2:15pm-2:25pm Eric Swedin on “Why Transhumanist Immortality is a Bad Idea”
2:30pm-2:40pm Carl Youngblood on “Compassionate Obsolescence: Coping with Technological Change”
2:45pm-2:55pm Adam Davis on “Scientific Realism and the Simulation Argument”
3:00pm-3:10pm Brent Allsop on “Ushering in the Millennium”
3:15pm-3:25pm Michael Ferguson on “Toward a Science of Spirituality”
3:30pm-3:40pm Roger Hansen on “Putting a Ghost in the Machine”
3:45pm-3:55pm Mike Perry on “Christian Atheist Universal Immortalism”
4:00pm-4:10pm Dorothy Deasy on “Post-biological Transfiguration”
4:15pm-4:25pm Micah Redding on “Transhumanism and the Christian Story”

4:30pm-5:00pm KEYNOTE Lincoln Cannon on “History, Status and Plans of the Mormon Transhumanist Association”

Register for the conference today!

Transhumanism on Mormon Matters Podcast

Lincoln Cannon and Chris Bradford were guests on the Mormon Matters podcast, with host Dan Wotherspoon and panelist Tyson Jacobsen. They discuss the future, especially as it is and promises to be even more impacted by technological advancements, along with several other major themes in Transhumanist debates. They also discuss the relevance of religion in a world increasingly dominated by science and secularism, and they pay particular attention to how Mormon and other religious concepts and terms can be given new life when informed by Transhumanist themes. They also examine the type of actors the world needs as it hurdles toward completely unprecedented forms of life and sociality.

AAR Call for Papers on Transhumanism and Religion


The call for papers for the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) is now open with a deadline of 11:59 pm, March 13.  You are invited to submit a proposal for the Transhumanism and Religion Group. The AAR annual meeting is November 17-20, 2012 in Chicago. Below are the call and the mission statement of the Transhumanism and Religion Group. If you do not hold AAR membership and would like to submit a proposal as a guest, please go to the following link and follow instructions:

http://www.rsnonline.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=975&Itemid=1071

Call for Proposals

This Group welcomes papers on any aspect of transhumanism and religion and seeks perspectives from a variety of religious traditions. Papers may identify and critically evaluate any implicit religious beliefs that might underlie key transhumanist claims and assumptions. For example, are there operative notions of anthropology, soteriology, and eschatology at play in transhumanist quests? Papers might consider how transhumanism challenges religious traditions to develop their own ideas of the human future; in particular, the prospect of human transformation, whether by technological or other means. Papers may provide critical and constructive assessments of an envisioned future that place greater confidence in nanotechnology, robotics, and information technology to achieve virtual immortality and create a superior posthuman species. We welcome feminist analyses and more overtly philosophical critiques of posthuman discourse and encourage original research.

Mission

“Transhumanism” or “human enhancement” refers to an intellectual and cultural movement that advocates the use of a variety of emerging technologies. The convergence of these technologies may make it possible to take control of human evolution, providing for the enhancement of human mental and physical abilities deemed desirable and the amelioration of aspects of the human condition regarded as undesirable. These enhancements include the radical extension of healthy human life. If these enhancements become widely available, it would arguably have a more radical impact than any other development in human history — one need only reflect briefly on the economic, political, and social implications of some of the extreme enhancement possibilities. The implications for religion and the religious dimensions of human enhancement technologies are enormous and are addressed in our Group. We are interested in encouraging and providing a forum for a broad array of input from scholars, including Asian and feminist. For more information, or to be placed on a very occasional mailing list, contact Calvin Mercer at mercerc@ecu.edu.

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