Brad Carmack Represents at the American Philosophical Association

Brad Carmack, director and secretary of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, represented the Mormon Transhumanist Association at the 87th Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Society in San Francisco on 27-31 March 2013. Brad spoke on the subject of "Transfigurism: a Syncretization of Mormonism and Transhumanism". His thesis was that emerging technology will continue to affect the evolution of religion, and Mormon Transhumanism is an early example of some of the adaptations we might expect to observe more broadly going forward. In the video recording, Brad speaks from 1:38:56 to 1:50:48 and participates in the panel discussion beginning at 2:04:40.


Videos of the 2013 Mormon Transhumanist Association Conference

20 April 2013 update:
Please find the playlist of all 26 video proceedings here!

Videos of presentations at the 2013 Mormon Transhumanist Association Conference held in SLC, Utah on 5 April will be available in the next few weeks, and will be announced in this news feed. Like last year, the videos will be posted as a playlist on the Association's YouTube channel.

After-Conference Activities on 6 April

The Mormon Transhumanist Association invites members and friends to participate in some casual after-conference activities in Salt Lake City on Saturday 6 April.

9am meet outside west doors of the Joseph Smith Memorial Building at 15 E South Temple in Salt Lake City.

9:30am tour temple square, observing conference attendees and protesters

1pm lunch at City Creek Center

3pm tour This is the Place Monument & Heritage Park (admission $5, 9am-5pm)

6pm hike Ensign Peak trailhead

7pm dinner (location TBD)

Live Video Stream of the 2013 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association

Video and audio of the 2013 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association will be streamed to the home page of the Transfigurism.org website, live from the Salt Lake City Public Library tomorrow, 5 April 2013 from 9:30am to 5:45pm mountain time (MST) with a 30 minute break from 12:36pm to 1:06pm -- see the final schedule announcement for more details. Online chat will be available for viewers to comment and send questions. The association invites viewers and conference attendees posting about the conference on social networks to use the #mtaconf hashtag.

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 2012 conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, the 2010 Transhumanism and Spirituality conference, and the 2009 Mormonism and Engineering conference. Keynote speakers will be Aubrey de Grey and Richard Bushman. Special guests Carl Teichrib and Peter Wicks will offer critiques of religious Transhumanism. Other speakers will include association members and leadership. If you can attend in person, register now!

Final Schedule for the 2013 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association

The Mormon Transhumanist Association is pleased to announce the final schedule for our 2013 Conference, which will be held tomorrow, 5 April 2013 from 9:00am to 5:45pm in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the level four conference room of the Salt Lake City Public Library. 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 2012 conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, the 2010 Transhumanism and Spirituality conference, and the 2009 Mormonism and Engineering conference. Keynote speakers will be Aubrey de Grey and Richard Bushman. Special guests Carl Teichrib and Peter Wicks will offer critiques of religious Transhumanism. Other speakers will include association members and leadership. The conference is open to the public. Register now!

MORNING SESSION 9:00am-12:36pm (Led by Lincoln Cannon, President)

9:00am SEATING
9:30am WELCOME Lincoln Cannon, President
9:49am MUSIC The Mormon Transhumanist Barbershop Quartet

9:53am Brent Allsop, “MTA Member Survey 2012 Summary”
10:10am Gabriel Rothblatt, “Terasem Movement Transreligion, Secular Approach to Religious Transhumanism”
10:27am Leonard Reil, “The Reluctant Transhumanist; or, There is no Magic Wand”
10:44am Don Bradley, “Joseph Smith and the Technologies of Seership”
11:01am Donnie Bradley, “As Exact as Mathematicks: The Formal Potential of Religious Thought”
11:18am Carl Youngblood, “Demythologizing Mormonism”
11:35am Joseph West, “Authentic Mormonism and Resource Mobilization”

11:52am KEYNOTE Aubrey de Grey, “Why it is a sin NOT to strive to develop medicine that eliminates aging”

12:34pm BUSINESS Lincoln Cannon, President

LUNCH 12:36pm-1:06pm in Conference Room
Food is free for registered attendees.

AFTERNOON SESSION 1:06pm-5:45pm (Led by Chris Bradford, Vice President)

1:06pm SEATING
1:12pm MUSIC The Mormon Transhumanist Barbershop Quartet
1:16pm Chris Bradford, Vice President

1:33pm SPECIAL Carl Teichrib, “A Christian Critique of Christian Transhumanism”

1:50pm Noah Heninger, “What is Wrong with Technology?”
2:07pm Jessica Finnigan, “Technology in the Developing World”
2:24pm Brad Carmack, “LDS Transsexual Policy: a Critique”
2:41pm John Niman, “The Free Exercise Clause and Genetic Engineering Regulation”
2:58pm Marcus Flinders, “The Legal Rights of Sentient Machines”

3:15pm SPECIAL Peter Wicks, “An Atheist Transhumanist Critique of Religious Transhumanism”

3:32pm James Carroll, “The Evolution of God, The Theory of Evolution and the Potential Existence and Nature of God”
3:49pm Giulio Prisco, “The Computational Problem of Evil”
4:06pm Mike Perry, “Parallel Recreation as an Alternative to Quantum Archaeology in Resurrecting the Dead”
4:23pm Jared Anderson, “(De)Construction down the Rabbit Hole”
4:40pm Micah Redding, “A Better Apocalypse: Ancient Eschatology for a Transhuman World”

4:57pm KEYNOTE Richard Bushman, “From Humanity to Fulness the Mormon Way”

5:39pm MUSIC The Mormon Transhumanist Barbershop Quartet
5:43pm FAREWELL Chris Bradford, Vice President

DINNER 7:00pm-10:00pm at Rodizio Grill (Trolley Square, Second Floor, 600 S 700 E, Salt Lake City)
Admission is free with no requirement to purchase food. Food is $17.99 for meat and salad bar, or $12.99 for salad bar only.

Register now!

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