Amit Goswami to lecture on quantum physics and health

The Mormon Transhumanist Association is co-sponsoring a lecture by Dr Amit Goswami on Thursday 14 November at 7pm Mountain Time in the Eccles Auditorium on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City. He will speak on the subject of quantum physics and health, including discussion of integrating conventional science, spirituality and healing.

Goswami is a professor of theoretical nuclear physics (retired) at the University of Oregon where he served since 1968. He is a pioneer of the new paradigm of science called “science within consciousness”, an idea he explicated in his seminal book, The Self-Aware Universe, where he also solved the quantum measurement problem elucidating the famous observer effect. Goswami has written several other popular books based on his research on quantum physics and consciousness. More information is available on his website.

Admission to the lecture is free. The Eccles Auditorium is on the 6th floor of the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Parking is underneath the Huntsman Cancer Institute and is free.

26 October 2013 Online Discussion Group

The October 2013 Discussion Group of the Mormon Transhumanist Association will be on Saturday, October 26, at 10:30am mountain time (9:30am PST, 12:30pm EST, 5:30pm UK, 6:30pm EU), in Google+ Hangouts. If you have already participated in an association online discussion group, you know what to do. Otherwise, please join Google+ and the Mormon Transhumanist Association community on Google+, add Giulio Prisco and Lincoln Cannon to a circle, and let us know that you wish to participate so we can invite you.

We will start with discussion on:

- Plans for a Christian Transhumanist Association, with guests Micah Redding and James Ledford;

- Impressions from the recent London Futurists meeting on Futurism, Spirituality, and Faith, with Carl Youngblood and Giulio Prisco.

And continue with other topics brought by the participants.

Mormon Transhumanist Association partners with the Teilhard Project

The Mormon Transhumanist Association and the Teilhard de Chardin Project have formed an institutional partnership to promote familiarity with Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a twentieth century philosopher and Jesuit priest whose life and works continue to inspire modern Transhumanism, an ideological identity that reflects Teilhard de Chardin's observations that humanity is approaching a critical "trans-human" stage in our evolution.

The Teilhard de Chardin Project will produce a two-hour television biography, tentatively entitled The Evolution of Teilhard de Chardin, interpreting the life and philosophy of Teilhard, a contemporary of Einstein, and a powerful voice for both evolutionary science and religion in the twentieth century, plus a robust interactive website. Produced by Frank Frost Productions, LLC, the documentary will be accompanied by a multifaceted Internet outreach that provides opportunities for viewers to dialogue with one another and scholars from around the world on topics introduced by Teilhard’s sweep of ideas. More information is available on the Teilhard de Chardin Project website.

The council of scholar advisors for the project includes Stephen R. White, professor in the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies at Appalachian State University, author of many articles contextualizing Teilhard’s thought in global education (including “Teilhardian Thought, Cyberspace and Educational Organization,” Sage Publications, 2013), and member of the Mormon Transhumanist Association.

The Mormon Transhumanist Association is an international nonprofit organization that promotes radical flourishing in compassion and creation through technology and religion, as outlined in the Transhumanist Declaration and the Mormon Transhumanist Affirmation. Although we are neither a religious organization nor affiliated with any religious organization, we support our members in their personal religious affiliations, Mormon or otherwise, and encourage them to adapt Transhumanism to their unique situations.

Carl Youngblood at European Mormon Studies Conference

Association CIO Carl Youngblood will be presenting at the upcoming European Mormon Studies Conference, taking place Saturday, 14 December 2013 from 10am to 6pm at the Hyde Park LDS Chapel in London.

The subject of Carl’s presentation is “Demythologizing Mormonism.” Theologian Paul Tillich described “myths” as a special subset of the symbols of faith in the form of “stories about divine-human encounters.” Contrary to popular understanding, such myths are not untrue. They can even be, and often are, based on historical events. But their strength is not derived from their historicity. It comes from their being powerful motivational narratives that will still be relevant long after the historical incidents that led to their emergence. The experiences of the "mythic" heros of Mormonism, most notably Joseph Smith, continue to resonate with believers throughout the world. But the gap between the modern world and the one that Joseph inhabited continues to widen, and a work of translation is necessary if these narratives are to continue to motivate contemporary audiences. This paper explores how paradigm shifts can render myths inaccessible and how myths must be "broken" (in Tillich's parlance) in order to remain relevant. It also examines some potential applications of Tillich's theory to Mormon doctrines and practices.

Carl Youngblood has worked professionally as a software engineer for over fifteen years. He received a bachelor's degree in Portuguese from Brigham Young University and a masters in computer science from the University of Washington. He co-founded the Mormon Transhumanist Association in 2006, where he currently serves as director and CIO.

Metro World News Interviews Carl Youngblood on Mormon Transhumanism

Metro World News interviewed Carl Young, director and chief information officer of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, on the subject of Mormon Transhumanism. Carl briefly addressed the challenges of working to bridge religious and scientific worldviews, while sharing some thoughts on God and human potential. Read more at the Metro World News website about "Transhumanism: Mormons and scientists unite for life-extension".

Adam Ford of Humanity+ Interviews Karl Hale on Google's Anti-Aging Initiative

Adam Ford, a director of Humanity+, interviewed Karl Hale, director and chief financial officer of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, for a Mormon Transhumanist perspective on Calico, Google's anti-aging initiative. Humanity+ and the Mormon Transhumanist Association are affiliates. The interview is available on YouTube. It is also embedded below for your convenience.


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