Mormon Expositor interviews Lincoln Cannon and James Carroll

The Mormon Expositor podcast has published an interview with Lincoln Cannon, president of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, and James Carroll, a director of the association.

The Mormon Expositor is a biweekly podcast leveraging a panel discussion format and focusing on Mormon doctrine, practices, culture, and history. Its regular panel and board of directors is made up of both believers and non-believers. They value honest and frank discussions that entertain and enlighten while remaining respectful. Additionally, they strive to present accurate information supported by reliable and accessible sources.

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Call for Papers Extended to 19 January

The Mormon Transhumanist Association invites you to submit papers for its 2013 conference, which will be held on Friday 5 April 2013 in Salt Lake City. The association has extended by one week the deadline for submitting paper proposals. The extended deadline is Saturday 19 January 2013. For more information about the call, including suggested topics and important dates, see the original call.

For more information about the conference, including biographical information on keynote speakers Aubrey de Grey and Richard Bushman, see the original announcement. Early conference registration discounts are available, so register today!

Aubrey de Grey Keynote at April 2013 Conference

The Mormon Transhumanist Association is pleased to announce that Dr Aubrey de Grey will be a keynote speaker at our 5 April 2013 conference in Salt Lake City. He will speak on "Why it is a sin NOT to strive to develop medicine that eliminates aging". Aubrey is a biomedical gerontologist based in Cambridge, UK and Mountain View, California, USA, and is the Chief Science Officer of SENS Foundation, a California-based 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to combating the aging process. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, the world’s highest-impact peer-reviewed journal focused on intervention in aging. He has developed a possibly comprehensive plan for the repair of all the accumulating and eventually pathogenic molecular and cellular side-effects of metabolism (“damage”) that constitute mammalian aging, termed Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS), which breaks aging down into seven major classes of damage and identifies detailed approaches to addressing each one.

As announced previously, Dr Richard Bushman will also be a keynote speaker at the conference. He will speak on "From Humanity to Fulness the Mormon Way". Richard retired as Gouverneur Morris Professor of History at Columbia University in 2001, and then came out of retirement in 2008 to accept a position as visiting Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University. He is the author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling and Co-General Editor of the Joseph Smith Papers. He chairs the Board of Directors of the Mormon Scholars Foundation which fosters the development of young LDS scholars. With his wife Claudia Bushman, he is the father of six children and twenty grandchildren. He has been a bishop, stake president, and patriarch and is currently a sealer in the Manhattan Temple.

Aubrey and Richard will be joined by guest speakers Carl Teichrib, speaking on "A Christian Critique of Christian Transhumanism", and Peter Wicks, speaking on "An Atheist Transhumanist Critique of Religious Transhumanism", as well as speakers from among the membership of the Mormon Transhumanist Association. Register for the conference today!

The association thanks Ben Goertzel for his gracious assistance, consequent to a schedule conflict, in making arrangements with Aubrey de Grey.

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