New Directors Elected

On 1 May, 2012, two new directors will take their places on the Board of Directors: Dorothy Deasy and James Carroll. Lincoln Cannon has been elected to continue serving as a director.

We extend sincere thanks to the outgoing directors: Carl Youngblood and Brent Allsop. Brent will be the project manager for the annual member survey, and Carl will continue in his role as Webmaster. See the new directors' profiles here and their bios below.

-Brad Carmack
Association Secretary


Dorothy Deasy

Dorothy Deasy is a freelance design researcher specializing in strategic qualitative projects for new product development and branding. A Christian Existentialist and a Methodist, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and a Masters of Applied Theology. She is developing a Spiritual Direction practice, with an emphasis on theology for a transhuman age. Dorothy is an occasional contributor for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies.

James Carroll

James has a PhD in computer science, and a minor in Ancient Near Eastern history. As a graduate student he taught Pearl of Great Price, Isaiah, and the Book of Mormon in the BYU Ancient Scripture department. He is serving a postdoc at Los Alamos National Laboratory, doing ensemble machine learning research and computer assisted raidographic analysis for nuclear stockpile stewardship. His interests include machine learning, statistics, linguistics, consciousness, comparative ritual, and photography.

Recordings of the 2012 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association


The 2012 conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association was held on 6 April 2012 at the Salt Lake City Public Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Speakers addressed the themes of Mormonism, Transhumanism and Transfigurism, with particular attention to topics at the intersection of technology, spirituality, science and religion. The conference streamed live for online viewers, and recordings are now available on the Mormon Transhumanist Association channel on YouTube. Please post comments and questions, and share these recordings with your friends and family. Thank you!

Call for papers: Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture, Technology and Human Flourishing

Technology changes us, and the world around us, in countless ways. The stuff of science fiction is now, in many cases, reality, and it can make our lives longer, healthier, and more productive than ever. But technological advance is not without complication, and even ardent proponents of technology recognize that our present age of innovation is fraught with concern for unintended consequences.

The 2012 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture invites reflection about technology and how it contributes to and, at times, compromises human flourishing. How should we understand and evaluate both the promise and peril of the things we create? What implications arise for our understanding of what it means to be human and live well? How might theological considerations, in particular Christian convictions about the things we make and how we use them, illuminate our understanding of technology?

A complete call for papers including a list of confirmed speakers and possible topics can be read online at www.baylor.edu/ifl/technology.

Please share news of this announcement with your colleagues via e-mail and social media. We hope to see you at "Technology and Human Flourishing" in the fall.

Live Stream of the Mormon Transhumanist Association Conference


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 conference schedule is below, and the program is now available for download. For those unable to attend in person, the association will provide a live stream of the conference on the association website home page at http://transfigurism.org. Those who can attend in person may still register today!

MORNING SESSION 9:00am-12:00pm
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 12:05pm-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 James Driessen on “Foundations of Skeptical Operation Systems, Using 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!

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