Future Day 2013 Lunch at Thanksgiving Point

Future Day is 1 March, and the Mormon Transhumanist Association invites you to join us for lunch and casual conversation about the future at the Thanksgiving Point Tower Deli in Lehi, Utah, at 11:45am on 1 March 2013. Bring your friends and family, and of course your thoughts and questions about a future of radical flourishing in compassion and creation through technology and religion.

Holidays provide a fantastic way of channeling peoples’ attention and energy. Most of our holidays are focused on past events or individuals, or on the rhythms of nature. History and nature are wonderful and should be honored — but the amazing future we are building together should be honored as well. Future Day is a way of focusing and celebrating the energy that more and more people around the world are directing toward creating a radically better future. This is a brand new holiday — the first Future Day was in 2012. This year on March 1st Future Day will be even better! Let us all work together to continue to make Future Day a great success! Learn more about Future Day.

American Academy of Religion Call for Papers on Transhumanism and Religion

Please consider submitting a paper proposal for the “Transhumanism and Religion” Group session at the November, 2013 American Academy of Religion annual meeting in Baltimore.  Deadline for submitting a proposal is Monday, March 4.


CALL FOR PAPERS -- TRANSHUMANISM AND RELIGION GROUP (AMERICAN ACADEMY OF RELIGION)

This Group welcomes papers on any aspect of transhumanism and religion and seeks perspectives from a variety of religious traditions. We encourage feminist analyses and more overtly philosophical critiques of posthuman discourse and we encourage original research. Papers may identify and critically evaluate any implicit religious beliefs, practices, and values that might underlie key transhumanist claims, goals, values, and assumptions. For example, are there operative notions of anthropology, soteriology, ethics, 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.


AAR TRANSHUMANISM AND RELIGION GROUP MISSION STATEMENT

“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 perspectives. For more information, or to be placed on a very occasional mailing list, contact Calvin Mercer, East Carolina University, mercerc@ecu.edu.

Help Advertise the 2013 Conference

The Mormon Transhumanist Association invites you to help advertise the 2013 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, which will be held on 5 April 2013 from 9:00am to 5:45pm in the Salt Lake City Public Library conference room level 4, with keynote speakers Aubrey de Grey and Richard Bushman.

Please share the following conference registration link on your blog and social networks:

http://transfigurism-2013.eventbrite.com/

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