2014 Survey of the Mormon Transhumanist Association

Dear members of the Mormon Transhumanist Association,

You're invited to participate in the association's 2014 survey, which will help association leadership better represent you and your interests. As in previous years, we've designed the survey such that you can complete it in less than 5 minutes! Here's the link:

https://docs.google.com/a/transfigurism.org/forms/d/1y8Rjb5AFzRbY9MgRjSn4PuQJXxi0cMORdFAdt6dvJ38/viewform

Our goal is to help everyone participate, so if you have any questions or concerns with accessing or understanding it, please let us know -- reply to this message or contact admin@transfigurism.org.

In addition to the basic survey questions, there are some special sections to help us drill a bit deeper into what makes a Mormon Transhumanist tick. The special sections are related to theology, the problem of evil, and consciousness. If you decide to think about and answer these questions, it will require more than 5 minutes, so the survey is designed to give you the option to skip these questions if you can't make time for them.

You are important to the association, and this survey is an important way for leadership to stay in touch with you. Please share your perspective and feedback. We value it and try to act on it. Here again is the link to the survey:

https://docs.google.com/a/transfigurism.org/forms/d/1y8Rjb5AFzRbY9MgRjSn4PuQJXxi0cMORdFAdt6dvJ38/viewform

You can also see the results of surveys from past years here:

http://transfigurism.org/pages/about/member-survey-results/

MTA will co-publish ebook anthology on Charity, Futurism & Religion - send in your essays

The Mormon Transhumanist Association will co-publish an ebook anthology in Spring 2015, tentatively titled:

The Poorest of the Poor will find Pasture -
religion, the future, and the charitable impulse


The first line of the title is from Isaiah 14:30 (New International Version). The prophet is forecasting a future in which poverty is eradicated. Isaiah - messenger of the Deity - foretells an end to economic inequity because God is outraged by the injustice:

“What do you mean by crushing my people and grinding the faces of the poor?"
declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty. Isaiah 3:15


The anthology seeks submissions that explore this topic in 1,000-2,500 words. We’re looking for scriptural analyses from any religion, transhumanist predictions supported by statistics, neurological definitions of empathy, and anything else that directly or obliquely qualifies. Deadline is December 15, 2014.

Editors of the project are Alex McGilvery, Dorothy Deasy, Ben Blair and Hank Pellissier.

Alex is a pastor at Northminster Memorial Unity Church in Flin Flon, Canada. He is also a novelist, an editor, and VP of the Brighter Brains Institute ( BBI will be co-publisher of this anthology).

Dorothy Deasy is a writer who has spoken at several MTA conferences. She is Secretary of the MTA, Secretary of the Christian Transhumanists, and a Board member of Brighter Brains Institute.

Ben is a filmmaker in Oakland, California. He is an MTA member, an essayist, and a contributor to the MTA/BBI crowdfund campaign to help orphans in Uganda.

Hank Pellissier is the MTA’s Manager of Humanitarian Activities and the program director of BBI.

Please send questions & submissions to hank.pellissier@transfigurism.org

Mormon Transhumanist Association will Help AIDS Orphans in Uganda

The Mormon Transhumanist Association (MTA) is dedicating itself to a humanitarian cause - alleviating poverty in Uganda. 67% of Ugandans live below the poverty line, and 24.7% are trapped in extreme poverty. Additionally, there are 2.5 million orphans in Uganda; UNICEF estimates that 45% are parentless due to AIDS. The new MTA staff members in this activity are Hank Pellissier (Manager of Humanitarian Projects) and Roger Hansen (Assistant Manager of Humanitarian Projects).

What instigated this new MTA project, and who are these new administrators?

On September 3, Lincoln Cannon (MTA President) invited Hank Pellissier to accept the new staff position and Pellissier gleefully accepted. Although he’s an atheist, Pellissier has been a member of MTA for 2.5 years - he’s very fond of MTA because it's been extraordinarily generous in his charity drives. When Pellissier was Managing Director of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology (IEET) in 2012, he launched a cell phone drive for IEET’s African Futures Project - and MTA members contributed 40% of the total collected mobiles (thanks to Roger Hansen’s efforts). When Pellissier launched his Mangyan Assistance Project for the Brighter Brains Institute (sponsoring three indigenous children on the island of Mindoro), MTA President Lincoln Cannon contributed. Lincoln also donated to Pellissier’s DIY-Soylent shipment to the malnourished Mangyans. Pellissier also admires MTA’s KIVA (micro-lending) group that’s existed since January 2013, with 19 members contributing 93 loans. Pellissier praised MTA’s KIVA activity in his essay, ""Transhumanist Philanthropy?! Yes! MTA Sets up KIVA Account."

Pellissier’s transhumanist activity includes starting Transhumanity.net, starting ImmortalLife.info, and writing an e-book called "Invent Utopia Now: transhumanist suggestions for the pre-Singularity era." He has worked as a professional journalist for many years, writing columns and feature articles for NYTimes, Salon.com, SFGate.com, GreatSchools.org, and other publications.

Roger Hansen is an MTA member who has done extensive volunteer work in Uganda, setting up solar energy systems, clean water systems, and children’s playgrounds. He is soon retiring from his position as Planning Group Chief for the Bureau of Reclamation in Provo, Utah. Roger maintains a blog called Tired Road Warrior that often relates his thoughts and experiences regarding Uganda. On this blog, he expresses his concerns: "about the social inequities on the planet Earth ... I live part-time in Uganda and in Navajoland, and would like to see the human and ecological environment in both areas of world greatly improved ... [I am] less excited about life extension (a transhumanist obsession) than I am about the possibilities of using technology to improve conditions in developing countries. [I have] A belief that technology is one potential savior for the developing world, particularly in areas like Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia."

Transhumanists usually regard Radical Life Extension and Brain Enhancement as their 2 primary ambitions. "Eradication of Poverty" is seldom mentioned as a transhumanist goal, even though it's widely recognized that new technologies can alleviate most of the horrid conditions experienced by "the poorest of the poor."

The Mormon Transhumanist Association leads the way in recognizing the transhumanist responsibility to abolish the suffering of poverty; indeed, it defines itself as an organization that promotes "radical flourishing in compassion and creation through technology and religion."

Hank and Roger have many exciting ideas regarding MTA-funded projects in Uganda. The primary goal is to establish a school that teaches job-training in technological skills, like computers and wood-working. We’ll keep you informed!

Dorothy Deasy Interviewed by The Columbian

Dorothy Deasy, a director of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, was interviewed by The Columbian on the topic of religion and Transhumanism.

In the interview, she discusses the importance of bridging religious ideals with how we will relate to rapidly changing technology, doing our best to guide technology in directions that are beneficial for society, and avoiding abuses that may arise from some conceptualizations of advancing civilization.

Read "Conversations abound about what it means to be human" at The Columbian.

Lincoln Cannon To Present at Venturists' Cryonics Convention

Lincoln Cannon, president of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, will present at the Venturists' Cryonics Convention, held 7-9 November 2014 in Laughlin, Nevada.

Is Death (and taxes) No Longer Inevitable?

Larry Page, the CEO of Google, has invested billions of dollars of his company’s capital into a new company called Calico, which has the goal of finding cures for aging and death.

Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D., the world’s foremost scientific gerontologist, says that the first person to live 1,000 years has probably already been born.

And inventor Ray Kurzweil, the modern Thomas Edison, says that “We have the means right now to live long enough to live forever.”

Are we therefore on the threshold of being able to live indefinitely, as Robert Ettinger predicted 50 years ago in his visionary book, The Prospect of Immortality, which started the cryonics movement? To find out, you are invited to a cryonics, life extension and transhumanism convention at Don Laughlin’s Riverside Resort Hotel & Casino will be held this November 7, 8 and 9, 2014, in the Riverside’s scenic Starview Room overlooking the Colorado River.

All attendees will have plenty of time to meet the speakers, leaders and activists in the life extension community at this convention one on one during the leisurely breaks and buffet meal times.

The speakers will give you the very latest updates on cryonics research, ways to improve your chances for rejuvenation and survival, and new ideas in transhumanism. Plus you can circulate during the ample breaks to network with the speakers and attendees and exchange ideas.

Also all attendees can reserve free table space in the Starview Room’s exhibition area to display their free literature; sell books, DVDs, dietary supplements and other life extension related products; and talk to people one on one about your company or organization.

Below is a partial list of confirmed speakers (subject to revision) who will give the following presentations:

David A. Ettinger (Son of Robert Ettinger, the founder of the cryonics movement): “Robert Ettinger: A Life in Cryonics.” Learn what it was like to grow up in the home where the father was the founder of cryonics and one of the early, visionary transhumanists.

Jordan Sparks, DMD (Founder of Oregon Cryonics, a new cryonics company): “A Regional Approach to Cryonics.”

Ben Best (Former CEO of the Cryonics Institute): ”Vital Signs Alarm Systems for Cryonicists.” Sudden, unattended death is one of the worst things that can happen to a cryonicist to compromise getting a good cryosuspension. Learn how to take advantage of the increasingly affordable technologies which monitor your vital signs and send out alarms when you are in danger of imminent cardiac arrest.

Catherine Baldwin (Chief Operating Officer of Suspended Animation): “Future Care of Cryonics Patients.” The presentation will review current “field stabilization” care and speculate on future directions of this kind of care for cryonics patients.

Joe Kowalsky (Director of the Cryonics Institute): “Make It So!” about improving cryonics communications with the public.

Chana Phaedra (President of Advanced Neural Biosciences, Inc.): “New Research at Advanced Neural Biosciences, Inc.” Topics include long-term cold ischemia, the effect of stabilization medications on cryopreservation, and whole brain cryopreservation.

Lincoln Cannon (Cofounder and President of the Mormon Transhumanist Association): “Mormon Transhumanism.” Learn how the doctrine of one of America’s fastest-growing churches is compatible with the goals of transhumanism.

Rudi Hoffman (Specialist in cryonics funding through life insurance): “Cryonics Funding in an Inflationary Universe . . .  the Affordable Immortal Returns!” Learn how affordable a cryonic suspension can be by using life insurance as the funding mechanism.

Cairn Idun (Organizer of the Cryonicist Teens & Twenties conferences): “OPTIMIZATION: What YOU Can Do to OPTIMIZE YOUR Chances of an OPTIMAL Cryo-Preservation: T3 – Time, Temperature and Technique.”

David Pizer (Former Vice President of the Alcor Life Extension Foundation and Founder and President of the Society for Venturism): “Ways to Protect Your Cryosuspension.”

Neal VanDeRee (Officiator at the Church of Perpetual Life): “A Church for Transhumanists: The Church of Perpetual Life.”

Mark Plus (Secretary of the Society for Venturism): “Death Avengers Assemble! Robert Ettinger on the Science of Superhumans.” Learn how Robert Ettinger anticipated many aspects of today’s transhumanist movement, but in the 1960’s and early 1970’s.

In addition, we are gathering further information on presentations to be given by:

Aaron Drake, Medical Response Director of the Alcor Life Extension Foundation.

David Kekich, President and CEO of the Maximum Life Foundation.

Forrest Munden, paramedic. He will discuss what a cryonicist and his family should do in an emergency.

R. Michael Perry, Ph.D., Care Services Manager and Treasurer of the Alcor Life Extension Foundation.

Natasha Vita-More, Ph.D., noted transhumanist and adjunct professor of the University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona.

Peter Voss, Founder and CEO of Adaptive A.I., Inc.

The speakers will also include two prominent scientists who work in cryonics research who will make presentations about their findings which will show that cryonics makes scientific sense and is worth pursuing.

You can register for the VERY affordable convention and the discounted buffet meals that will be available and remit the fees through PayPal to help cover the convention’s expenses, by going to this page on the Venturists’ website:

http://venturist.info/venturists-november-2014-cryonics-convention-in-laughlin-nevada.html.

Or else you can send in your remittance by mailing it to the Society for Venturism, 11255 S. Highway 69, Mayer, AZ 86333.

For lodging at the Riverside Resort, you will have to make your own room reservations separately by calling the Riverside at the toll-free number within the United States: 800-227-3849; or the Nevada number: 702-298-2535. Use the Hotel Reservations Group Code: “Cryonic.” The special low rates are: $29 for Thursday, Nov. 6; $49 for Friday, Nov. 7; $49 for Saturday, Nov. 8; and $29 for Sunday, Nov. 9.

If you would like to speak to someone with the Venturists to discuss the convention, feel free to email Mark Plus, Secretary of the Society for Venturism, at mark.plus@rocketmail.com; or call him at (928) 273-8451

We look forward to seeing you at Mr. Laughlin’s resort this November!

P.S. You can read Joe Kowalsky’s report on last year’s Venturist Cryonics Convention by scrolling down the home page of *http://venturist.info/.

Association Leadership Performance Review

In the interest of ongoing transparency, the Board of Directors of the Mormon Transhumanist Association is pleased to release the following leadership performance review. Each member of the Board independently evaluated the performance of the Board as a whole and the performance of CEO Lincoln Cannon, who is appointed by the Board to manage the Association. Secretary of the Board, Dorothy Deasy, gathered and compiled the evaluations into a single review, which follows.

Board of Director’s Performance Review

The Board of Directors of the Mormon Transhumanist Association is generally performing its function well. The requirements of the Board are flexible enough to be satisfied by the part-time involvement of each member, without financial compensation. The board has done a good job of crafting and supporting association initiatives on a voluntary basis.

Recently, the Board has begun emphasizing its strategic role and de-emphasizing its tactical role. The Board used to be in charge of both determining the direction of the organization, and implementing decisions such as the conference. We have been successful at this in the past. Today, a new organization is being put together to handle implementation, while the board functions in a more abstract, direction setting role. Some members of the board also serve in the implementation roles, but such roles are not limited to Board members, allowing for participation from the wider organization. This will spread the load, and will allow for efficiency in the future. Although presently too early to tell, hopefully this will prove beneficial to the organization.

The Board meets on a monthly basis. Most Board members attend board meetings regularly. (There are periods of time when scheduling conflicts arise, resulting in some occasional or partial attendance, but we always have at least the quorum required by the constitution. It does appear to be the case that all members of the board are making reasonable and conscientious efforts to participate and fulfill their responsibilities to the organization.) Meetings are always well organized and focused, and action items are always noted and followed up on until they are completed or reprioritized. The Board adheres closely to the rules and guidelines established by the constitution to ensure fairness, transparency, and fidelity to the stated goals of the association. Key strengths of the Board include flexibility and diverse perspectives (both of opinions and religious persuasions), mutual respect and desire to learn from each other.

Board members are exceptionally well-educated and thoughtful, and share their viewpoints openly, articulately, and in a spirit of mutual respect and appreciation. With proven leadership abilities in academia, industry, and ecclesiastical capacities, they offer a diversity of backgrounds, experience, and professionalism that serve the organization well. The directors generally provide valuable feedback on proposals from management. To date, the Board serves its advisory role exceptionally well.

Key accomplishments outlined in our annual report at http://transfigurism.org/pages/annual-report/2013#events include the following:

• The annual conference was quite a bit better than the 2012 conference both in numbers attending and in the quality of the talks.

• A successful annual conference keynoted by Aubrey de Grey and Richard Bushman, highly respected and admired leaders within the communities of transhumanism and Mormonism.

• Regular monthly meet-ups, both on-site and online, that provided opportunities for exploration and support, and introduced the association to several individuals who have since made significant contributions to the online community and promoted the organization to their friends and colleagues.

• Director and Secretary Brad Carmack represented the association at the 87th Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Society in San Francisco.

• Director and CIO Carl Youngblood presented to the London Futurists at the Birkbeck College of the University of London.

• Director and CEO Lincoln Cannon and Director Karl Hale were interviewed for podcasts by Adam Ford, a director of Humanity+, the largest transhumanist organization in the world.

• The association formed an institutional partnership with the Teilhard de Chardin Project to promote familiarity with Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a twentieth century philosopher and Jesuit priest whose life and works continue to inspire modern Transhumanism.

• The association co-sponsored a lecture by Dr. Amit Goswami at the University of Utah, providing a video recording available through YouTube.

• Director and CIO Carl Youngblood presented at the European Mormon Studies Conference in London.

• The association continued its rapid growth, increasing its membership by 54% for a total of 380 members.

CEO’s Performance Review

Lincoln Cannon has proven exceptionally adept in his role as CEO. He has performed admirably as CEO and is the primary force behind the association's success. His management style is inspiring. He does an excellent job of sharing responsibility and helping people to develop into capable leaders in their own right. He articulates and communicates the vision of the association in a manner which is professional and inviting. He is a gifted and visionary organizer who sees great potential for the MTA, and works patiently, tirelessly, and skillfully to continue the association's exponentially increasing membership and influence. Lincoln is passionate about the health and direction of the association, in part evidenced by his seeking other voices to carry through along with his own. He is widely recognized and admired for his ability to navigate issues with clarity, impartiality, and charity.

Lincoln’s key strengths include:

• Intelligence

• Integrity

• Vision

• Compassion in thought, action and deed

• Embodiment of leadership

• Creating an atmosphere for, and encouraging, collaboration

• Very intense people skills, and networking skills which serve the organization well

• Having inspiringly articulated the purpose of the association in his address to the annual conference

• Increasing awareness of the organization among prominent individuals in the global Transhumanist community, through personal visitations and online interviews and discussions

• Engaging higher visibility members of the broader Transhumanist community in the MTA

Reconcile the Members of the Body of Christ

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), the largest Mormon denomination, has raised charges of apostasy against two prominent Mormons: Kate Kelly of Ordain Women, and John Dehlin of Mormon Stories. Although the Mormon Transhumanist Association (MTA) is not affiliated with any of these organizations, most MTA members are also members of the LDS Church, and some MTA members have strong differing opinions about the recent events.

The MTA affirms the authority of the LDS Church to discipline LDS Church members within the constraints of local laws. It also recognizes the legitimacy of the institutionalized process by which the LDS Church resolves such conflicts, and does not wish to interfere.

All MTA members support a moral vision expressed in the Transhumanist Declaration and the Mormon Transhumanist Affirmation. The Affirmation states: “We seek the spiritual and physical exaltation of individuals and their anatomies, as well as communities and their environments, according to their wills, desires and laws, to the extent they are not oppressive.” The Declaration states that policymaking within governments and other institutions “ought to be guided by responsible and inclusive moral vision, taking seriously both opportunities and risks, respecting autonomy and individual rights, and showing solidarity with and concern for the interests and dignity of all people …” and that we must “… consider our moral responsibilities towards generations that will exist in the future.”

Emerging technology is connecting us with each other in ways and to extents that are unprecedented in human history. More of us, more often, encounter minds and bodies that differ from our own. Such experiences seem likely to become increasingly pronounced going forward, presenting many social challenges even more serious than those we now face.

While there is more than one way of managing social challenges, Mormonism is nothing if not committed to the way of reconciliation and atonement, as exemplified and invited by Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5: 17-20). With Jesus, we would trust in, change toward, and fully immerse our bodies and minds in the role of Christ: consoling, healing, and raising each other together (Romans 8: 16-18). With Jesus, we would ask others not only to show love for us, but also to express their will so that we might know how to love them (John 14: 13-15).

The apostle Paul described the Church as the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12). As a body consists of parts with many different functions, so the Church consists of members with many different gifts. As a body needs all of its parts, so the Church needs all of its members. When part of a body suffers, the whole body suffers with it, working to console and heal the whole. So it should be among members of the Church, working to reconcile with each other as one Body of Christ.

Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormonism, echoed Jesus and Paul when commenting on the fundamentals of our religion: “The inquiry is frequently made of me, ‘Wherein do you differ from others in your religious views?’ In reality and essence we do not differ so far in our religious views, but that we could all drink into one principle of love. One of the grand fundamental principles of Mormonism is to receive truth, let it come from whence it may. … If I esteem mankind to be in error, shall I bear them down? No. I will lift them up, and in their own way too, if I cannot persuade them my way is better; and I will not seek to compel any man to believe as I do, only by the force of reasoning, for truth will cut its own way. Do you believe in Jesus Christ and the Gospel of salvation which He revealed? So do I. Christians should cease wrangling and contending with each other, and cultivate the principles of union and friendship in their midst; and they will do it before the millennium can be ushered in and Christ takes possession of His kingdom” (History of the Church 5: 499).

Recent events present a crucial opportunity, both for the LDS Church and for Mormons who dissent from mainstream views, to reinforce precedent for reconciliation and atonement. The MTA encourages all involved in or affected by these events to think of and pray for each other, and to avoid actions that would harm each other, weaken families and friendships, or further polarize or homogenize our religion. Compassion, genuinely informed by and concerned for each other’s interests, is our best way forward.

This is an official statement of the Mormon Transhumanist Association on Wednesday 18 June 2014 in accordance with Article IV Section 9 of its Constitution by unanimous vote of its Board of Directors:

Carl Youngblood
Chris Bradford
Don Bradley
Dorothy Deasy
James Carroll
Joseph West
Karl Hale
Lincoln Cannon
Nathan Hadfield

Association Leadership Changes

The Mormon Transhumanist Association has selected new leadership.

Voting members of the Association have elected Chris Bradford, Joseph West and Nathan Hadfield to serve as Directors from 2014 to 2017. They will join Carl Youngblood, Don Bradley, Dorothy Deasy, James Carroll, Karl Hale and Lincoln Cannon on the Association Board of Directors.

The newly composed Board of Directors has appointed Carl Youngblood as Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Dorothy Deasy as Secretary, and Nathan Hadfield as Chief Information Officer.

The Association thanks Chris Bradford for his service as Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, Brad Carmack for his service as Director and Secretary, and Carl Youngblood for his service as Chief Information Officer.

Sponsoring Recording of "Atheists & Mormons: Exposing Myths, Dispelling Stereotypes"

The Mormon Transhumanist Association is sponsoring the recording of a panel discussion on "Atheists & Mormons: Exposing Myths, Dispelling Stereotypes", a free public event in the Nancy Tessman Auditorium at the Salt Lake City Public Library on Wednesday 16 April at 7pm. Subsequently, the recording will be available to the public for free on the association's YouTube channel.

The panel discussion has been organized by the American Atheists and will be moderated by Dr. Paul Reeve of the University of Utah. Panelists will address public perceptions of atheists and Mormons, tackle common stereotypes of both groups, dispel myths, and answer audience questions.

The panel will consist of renowned leaders in public perception of atheists and Mormons. Dr. J. B. Haws, author of "The Mormon Image in the American Mind: Fifty Years of Public Perception", and Dr. Richard Holzapfel, prolific author and expert on Latter-Day Saints church history, will represent Mormon beliefs. Both Haws and Holzapfel are professors at Brigham Young University. The atheist panelists will be American Atheists President David Silverman and Joanne Hanks, author of "'It’s Not About the Sex' My Ass: Confessions of an Ex-Mormon Ex-Polygamist Ex-Wife". A book-signing with Professor Haws and Ms. Hanks will follow the Q&A at the close of the panel discussion.

"We are challenging how atheists and religious people think of each other," said Silverman. "It’s true that many atheist Utahns are ex-Mormons, but many atheists have very little direct experience with Mormons. And many Mormons have very little real-world experience with or knowledge of atheists and how atheism approaches questions of morals, meaning, happiness, and much more. We want to fix that because a better understanding of where we’re all coming from is needed to share political and social space. We’re happy to hear that both sides want to close that gap and are willing to take part in doing so, and we invite the people of Salt Lake City and the Wasatch Front to join us."

The panel is a “warm-up” event for the American Atheists National Convention, which is kicking off the next day (17 April) at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. Anyone attending the panel or booksigning will also be able to register for convention tickets. The four-day convention runs from Thursday 17 April to Sunday 20 April at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center. For more details about the convention, visit http://www.atheists.org/convention2014.

The main branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library is located at 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84111. The phone number is (801) 524-8200. The event is in the Nancy Tessman Auditorium (capacity 300) and the speakers will be available from 6pm to 6:45pm for press interviews. The event runs from 7pm to 8pm and a book-signing will follow until 9pm.

The Mormon Transhumanist Association and the American Atheists are not affiliated and no endorsements are implied.

Religion and Transhumanism Conference 10 May 2014 in Piedmont CA

The Mormon Transhumanist Association is pleased to co-sponsor the Religion and Transhumanism conference on 10 May 2014 in Piedmont, California, with the Brighter Brains Institute and the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technology. Lincoln Cannon, president of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, will speak at the conference. The Mormon Transhumanist Association will also record all presentations at the conference and share the recordings publicly on its YouTube channel subsequent to the conference. More information about the conference, including the full list of speakers, is available at the official conference website.

2013 Member Survey Results Summary

The Mormon Transhumanist Association has released a summary of results from its 2013 member survey. The survey asked questions about religion, politics, feedback and demographics. It also explored members' views on the nature of God, the problem of evil, and consciousness. At the end of 2013, the association consisted of 379 members, 96 of whom participated in the survey. The association thanks Brent Allsop for managing the 2013 survey. The 2013 survey results summary, as well as an archive of survey result summaries from previous years, is available at the following link:

LIVE stream of 2014 Conference Today

The 2014 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association is streaming LIVE 9am to 6pm Mountain at Transfigurism.org. Please use #mtaconf for social posts related to the conference. Administrators will monitor for questions. 

Schedule for 2014 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association

The Mormon Transhumanist Association is pleased to announce the schedule for its 2014 Conference, which will be held on 4 April 2014 from 9:00am to 6:00pm in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Salt Lake City Public Library. Speakers will present on the themes of Mormonism, Transhumanism and Transfigurism, with particular attention to topics at the intersection of technology, spirituality, science and religion. Keynote speakers will be Mormon philosopher Adam S. Miller and Transhumanist designer Natasha Vita-More. The conference is open to the public.

Register now for the 2014 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association!

9:00-9:05 Welcome

9:05-9:25 Lincoln Cannon, Association President
9:25-9:35 Brent Allsop, "2013 Survey of the Mormon Transhumanist Association"

9:35-9:40 Music

9:40-10:05 James L. Carroll, "What is the Pace of Technological Change?"
10:05-10:25 A. Joseph West, "Authentic Mormonism and Motivation to Action"
10:25-10:45 Michael LaTorra, "Where Is Heaven? An Examination of Multiple-World Models of the Cosmos and Beyond"
10:45-10:55 Brad Carmack, "Grounded giving: maximizing the ROI of your charitable dollars"
10:55-11:05 Donald Bradley Jr., "What kind of literature does a god read: a transhumanist interpretation of Borges"
11:05-11:25 Giulio Prisco, "Religion for the Cosmic Frontier"

11:25-11:40 Break

11:40-12:00 Dorothy Deasy, "The Kingdom of God and the Transhuman Age"
12:00-12:20 Micah Redding, "Analysis, Loss of Meaning, and Religious Transhumanism"

12:20-1:00 Adam S. Miller, Keynote

1:00-2:00 Lunch

2:00-2:20 Christopher Bradford, Association Vice President

2:20-2:25 Music

2:25-2:55 Don Bradley, "Mormonism: The Sanctification of Human Progress"
2:55-3:15 Pace Ellsworth, "Partake freely: Transfigurist politics and free will"
3:15-3:35 Chelsea Strayer, Religious Anthropology
3:35-3:55 Jeffrey S. Anderson, "The Religious Brain Project"
3:55-4:05 R. Dennis Hansen, "What If Joseph Smith Jr. Had Lived Longer?"

4:05-4:20 Break

4:20-4:45 Carl Youngblood, "Religion as Social Technology"
4:45-5:05 Allen Hansen, "Worship Through Corporeality: Mormonism, Hasidism, and Management"
5:05-5:25 Randal Koene, "Supporting the complex requirements of a long-term project for whole brain emulation"
5:25-5:45 Michaelann Gardner, "Turning Our Moral Compass: the Environment and Mormonism's Theology of Means"

5:45-6:25 Natasha Vita-More, Keynote

6:25-6:30 Music

6:30 Closing

7:00 Dinner

Register now for the 2014 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association!

March Discussion Group

The March 2014 Discussion Group of the Mormon Transhumanist Association will be on Saturday, March 22, 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 a MTA discussion group, you know what to do. Otherwise, please join Google+ and the MTA community on Google+, add Lincoln and Giulio to a circle, and let us know that you wish to participate so we can invite you.

We will start with discussion on:

- Fictional media tropes of mind uploading and cyborgization.

- The upcoming MTA conference on April 4.

And continue with other topics brought by the participants.

2013 Annual Report of the Mormon Transhumanist Association

The Mormon Transhumanist Association has released its annual report for 2013. The report includes highlights from the year, as well as demographic and financial information about the association. Questions about the annual report or the association generally may be directed to admin@transfigurism.org. Click on the following link to access the report:

2013 Annual Report of the Mormon Transhumanist Association

Lincoln Cannon AMA on /r/latterdaysaints

On Thursday 20 March 2014, Lincoln Cannon, president of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, will respond to questions from the Reddit community at /r/latterdaysaints from 10am to noon and from 2pm to 4pm Mountain Time. He has previously responded to questions from the Reddit community at /r/transhumanism.

Speakers at 2014 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association

The Mormon Transhumanist Association is pleased to announce an excellent lineup of speakers for its 2014 Conference, which will be held on 4 April 2014 from 9:00am to 6:00pm in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Salt Lake City Public Library. All will present on the themes of Mormonism, Transhumanism and Transfigurism, with particular attention to topics at the intersection of technology, spirituality, science and religion. Keynote speakers will be Mormon philosopher Adam S. Miller and Transhumanist designer Natasha Vita-More. The conference is open to the public.

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A. Joseph West was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He currently resides in Tucson, Arizona, where he is doing graduate work in sociology. His research focus is culturally motivated social movement mobilization. He also has research interests in social network analysis and the sociology of science. In his free time, he watches Star Wars the animated series and plays Civ 5 with his two children.

Adam S. Miller is a professor of philosophy at Collin College in McKinney, Texas. He and his wife, Gwen Miller, have three children. He received an MA and PhD in philosophy from Villanova University as well as a BA in Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University. He is the editor of An Experiment on the Word (Salt Press, 2011) and the author of Badiou, Marion, and St Paul: Immanent Grace (Continuum, 2008), Rube Goldberg Machines: Essays in Mormon Theology (Kofford, 2012), Speculative Grace: Bruno Latour and Object-Oriented Theology (Fordham University Press, 2013), and Letters to a Young Mormon (Maxwell Institute, 2014). He is the co-editor, with Joseph Spencer, of the book series Groundwork: Studies in Theory and Scripture, published by the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship and serves as the current director of the Mormon Theology Seminar.

Allen Hansen was born and raised LDS in Northern Israel, where he spent much of his life. He served in the Russia Rostov Mission, and later moved to Utah. Alongside a love for literature, especially British, Russian, and Israeli, his research interests include Mormonism, Judaism, biblical studies, Late Antiquity, journalism, Eastern European, and Middle-Eastern history. He has presented at the Mormon Scholars in the Humanities conference and is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in journalism from USU. He blogs at Calba Savua's Orchard, Adventures in N-Town, and Difficult Run.

Brad Carmack graduated from the JD/MPA program at Brigham Young University in April 2011, and became a licensed California attorney that same year. During undergrad he majored in biology, clerked for Justice Horton of the Idaho Supreme Court, and worked as a teacher’s assistant for human resources law, biodiversity, management ethics, and bioethics. Currently he works for Yahoo. A religious activist and member of the LDS Church, Brad loves to write about transhumanism, bioethics, and religion. He authored Breaking the Patriarchal Grip: an argument for governance equality through sacred disobedience and Homosexuality: A Straight BYU Student’s Perspective, available at bradcarmack.blogspot.com.

Carl Youngblood has been an avid technology enthusiast since early childhood, and has been earning a living as a software engineer since 1997. He was a Mormon missionary for two years in Brazil, where his newfound aptitude for language led him to eventually get a degree in Portuguese from Brigham Young University, and later a masters in Computer Science from the University of Washington. Carl's struggle to apply his faith meaningfully in today's rapidly-changing world led him to co-found The Mormon Transhumanist Association in 2006, where he currently serves as a director. Carl is passionate about science, technology, religion, philosophy and the performing arts.

Chelsea Strayer is a PhD candidate at Boston University in biological and cultural anthropology studying the evolution and elicitation of placebo and nocebo effects in indigenous ritual healing ceremonies. She particularly focuses on the healing rituals of the Asante in Central Ghana whom she has conducted research with for over a 12 years. Chelsea is also a well known religious gender equality activist in the Mormon community, President of Mormons for ERA, co-founder of LDS WAVE (Women Advocating for Voice and Equality), and active participant in many LDS magazines, blogs, podcasts and conferences. She has participated in two TED events where she had the opportunity to speak about her research and how it applies to the everyday life of all people at both events.

Chris Bradford was born in Utah, but soon moved to Washington DC and then overseas for his father's employment. He has lived in Egypt, Germany, Jordan, Pakistan and Italy, where he served an LDS mission. A self-taught programmer, he manages social & mobile development at Ancestry.com. He has a degree from Brigham Young University in linguistics. Chris and wife Lucy have five sons and three daughters. Chris is passionate about science, technology, religion, philosophy, and the performing arts.

Don Bradley is a historian specializing in Joseph Smith and Mormon scripture. Don holds a B.A. in History from Brigham Young University, is finalizing his M.A. in History at Utah State University, and will pursue a doctorate in Religious Studies. His writings include “'The Grand Fundamental Principles of Mormonism': Joseph Smith's Unfinished Reformation” and The Lost 116 Pages: Rediscovering the Book of Lehi (forthcoming). “An individualist in the service of a community,” Don is devoted to the topic of his presentation: building Zion—heaven on earth. He is the father of Donnie and Nicholas Bradley and engaged to Michaelann Gardner.

Donald Bradley Jr. is 84 years old but you may not be able to tell due to advanced life extension technology. Ok in all truth he may be somewhere closer to 18. Outside of transhumanism some of his interests include theoretical computer science (especially elements of it that relate to the Church Turing thesis and Gödels incompleteness theorem), cybernetics, foundations of mathematics (logic, set theory, homotopy type theory, paraconsistent foundations etc.), algorithmic information theory, psychology of creativity, literature, literary studies and especially cognitive poetics. He is currently homeschooled.

Dorothy Deasy is a design researcher with experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methods. She excels on strategic qualitative projects which allow her to explore the intersections of meaning, culture and technology.  She holds a BS in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Loyola University in Chicago, IL and a Masters of Applied Theology from Marylhurst University in Portland, OR.  The emphasis of her theological focus is on spirituality and transhumanism.

Giulio Prisco is a writer, technology expert, futurist and transhumanist. A former manager in European science and technology centers, he writes and speaks on a wide range of topics, including science, information technology, emerging technologies, virtual worlds, space exploration and future studies. He is especially interested in the convergence of science, technology and spirituality.

James L. Carroll 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 currently working at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, doing ensemble machine learning research and computer assisted radiographic analysis for nuclear stockpile stewardship. His interests include machine learning, statistics, linguistics, consciousness, comparative ritual, and photography.

Jeffrey S. Anderson is a Salt Lake City native who received his MD and PhD degrees in neuroscience at Northwestern University. He returned to the University of Utah for residency and fellowship training and is currently an attending neuroradiologist at the University of Utah, where he directs the functional brain mapping service. His research on the microcircuitry and large-scale organization of the brain has been published in Science, Neuron, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He is also the author of three internationally bestselling thrillers and a finalist for the 2005 International Thriller Award.

Lincoln Cannon is a technologist and philosopher. He has over seventeen years of professional experience in information technology, including leadership roles in software engineering and marketing technology. Lincoln is a leading advocate of technological evolution and postsecular religion, and holds degrees in business administration and philosophy. He is married with Dorothée Vankrieckenge, a French national, and they have three bilingual children.

Micah Redding grew up as a preacher’s kid, spent eight years as a rock musician, and was once involved in the high-speed pursuit of a spy plane. Now he develops software, and writes about the intersection of human values and technology.

Michael LaTorra is an Assistant Professor of English at New Mexico State University. He has been a member of the Transhumanist community since the year 2000, having served on the Boards of Humanity Plus (WTA) and of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Among his publications are the paper "Trans-Spirit: Religion, Spirituality and Transhumanism" Journal of Evolution and Technology, 14(2), and the book A Warrior Blends with Life: A Modern Tao. Prof. LaTorra is an ordained Zen priest, abbot of the Zen Center of Las Cruces, and a formal devotee of Avatar Adi Da Samraj.

Michaelann Gardner believes in building Zion through any means you can. This includes her professional work as a marketer and fundraiser for the nonprofit sector. It also includes her favorite hobby of learning about and implementing environmentally sustainable lifestyle choices. She serves as treasurer on the board of LDS Earth Stewardship. She helped build Zion as an LDS missionary in Zurich Switzerland and continues doing that today in Provo wards.

Natasha Vita-More is a designer and theorist. She is a professor at the University of Advancing Technology, Chairman of Humanity+, and a Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. She received her doctorate from the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom, where her thesis focuses on human enhancement and radical life extension. She is the designer and author of “Platform Diverse Body, Substrate Autonomous Person (fka “Primo Posthuman” - a future whole body prototype.) In 2013, she co-edited The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future. In 1983, Vita-More authored the “Transhuman Manifesto”; and founded Transhumanist Arts and Culture in 1993. She was the Chair of “Vital Progress Summit” 2004, establishing a precedent for discussion of human enhancement. She was the president of the Extropy Institute 2002-2006. Vita-More is a proponent of morphological freedom and enhancing human biology. To give credence to her arguments, Vita-More supports the Proactionary Principle. In addition to academic works, she has exhibited at National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Brooks Memorial Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Women In Video, Telluride Film Festival, United States Environmental Film Festival and “Evolution Haute Couture: Art and Science in the Post-Biological Age”. She is published in more than two dozen journals and a contributing author to numerous books.

Pace Ellsworth was born in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the son of diplomat and linguist Matt Allen Ellsworth. After returning from a mission to Lima, Peru, he married his high school sweetheart and graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor's in Linguistics and minors in Spanish and Linguistic Computing. Mr. Ellsworth's main interests are classical liberalism and futurism, happy to be called an anarcho-transfigurist. He now lives in Mesa, Arizona, with his wife and two children where he works as a marketing consultant for small businesses in the technology and finance sectors.

Roger D. Hansen is currently the Planning Group Chief at the Provo Area Office of the Bureau of Reclamation (Department of Interior) where he has worked as a civil engineer and planner for over 30 years, all of it in Provo, UT.  His principal professional interest is the application of real-time monitoring and control technologies to water districts and canal companies in the inter-mountain West.  Additionally, his colleagues and he are working to bring water and power to Navajos living in very remote location.  Roger currently blogs at "Tired Road Warrior" and writes for a variety of online and hard-copy publications.  He currently divides his time between Provo, the Navajo Nation, and the country of Uganda (where he volunteers with several local NGOs).

Randal A. Koene introduced the multi-disciplinary field of whole brain emulation and is the lead curator of its scientific roadmap. He is Founder of the foundation Carboncopies.org and has directed research in neural engineering. Dr. Koene’s publications, presentations and interviews are available at http://randalkoene.com.

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Adam S. Miller at 2014 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association

Mormon philosopher Adam S. Miller will be a keynote speaker at the 2014 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, which will be held on 4 April 2014 from 9:00am to 6:00pm in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Salt Lake City Public Library. Speakers and artists will present on the themes of Mormonism, Transhumanism and Transfigurism, with particular attention to topics at the intersection of technology, spirituality, science and religion. The conference is open to the public.

Adam S. Miller is a professor of philosophy at Collin College in McKinney, Texas. He and his wife, Gwen Miller, have three children. He received an MA and PhD in philosophy from Villanova University as well as a BA in Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University. He is the editor of An Experiment on the Word (Salt Press, 2011) and the author of Badiou, Marion, and St Paul: Immanent Grace (Continuum, 2008), Rube Goldberg Machines: Essays in Mormon Theology (Kofford, 2012), Speculative Grace: Bruno Latour and Object-Oriented Theology (Fordham University Press, 2013), and Letters to a Young Mormon (Maxwell Institute, 2014). He is the co-editor, with Joseph Spencer, of the book series Groundwork: Studies in Theory and Scripture, published by the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship and serves as the current director of the Mormon Theology Seminar.

Register now for the 2014 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association!

Natasha Vita-More at 2014 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association

Transhumanist designer Natasha Vita-More will be a keynote speaker at the 2014 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, which will be held on 4 April 2014 from 9:00am to 6:00pm in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Salt Lake City Public Library. Speakers and artists will present on the themes of Mormonism, Transhumanism and Transfigurism, with particular attention to topics at the intersection of technology, spirituality, science and religion. The conference is open to the public.

Natasha Vita-More is a designer and theorist. She is a professor at the University of Advancing Technology, Chairman of Humanity+, and a Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. She received her doctorate from the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom, where her thesis focuses on human enhancement and radical life extension. She is the designer and author of “Platform Diverse Body, Substrate Autonomous Person (fka “Primo Posthuman” - a future whole body prototype.) In 2013, she co-edited The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future. In 1983, Vita-More authored the “Transhuman Manifesto”; and founded Transhumanist Arts and Culture in 1993. She was the Chair of “Vital Progress Summit” 2004, establishing a precedent for discussion of human enhancement. She was the president of the Extropy Institute 2002-2006. Vita-More is a proponent of morphological freedom and enhancing human biology. To give credence to her arguments, Vita-More supports the Proactionary Principle. In addition to academic works, she has exhibited at National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Brooks Memorial Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Women In Video, Telluride Film Festival, United States Environmental Film Festival and “Evolution Haute Couture: Art and Science in the Post-Biological Age”. She is published in more than two dozen journals and a contributing author to numerous books.

Register now for the 2014 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association!

Register for 2014 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association

Register now for the 2014 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association!

The first 80 registrants will receive a free t-shirt featuring a quote from Brigham Young, who led the Mormon pioneers to Utah: "My religion is natural philosophy." See the t-shirt and learn more at the registration website.

The 2014 conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association will be held on 4 April 2014 from 9:00am to 6:00pm in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Salt Lake City Public Library. Speakers and artists will present on the themes of Mormonism, Transhumanism and Transfigurism, with particular attention to topics at the intersection of technology, spirituality, science and religion. Keynote speakers will be Mormon philosopher Adam S. Miller and Transhumanist designer Natasha Vita-More. The conference is open to the public.

Adam S. Miller is a professor of philosophy at Collin College in McKinney, Texas. He and his wife, Gwen Miller, have three children. He received an MA and PhD in philosophy from Villanova University as well as a BA in Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University. He is the editor of An Experiment on the Word (Salt Press, 2011) and the author of Badiou, Marion, and St Paul: Immanent Grace (Continuum, 2008), Rube Goldberg Machines: Essays in Mormon Theology (Kofford, 2012), Speculative Grace: Bruno Latour and Object-Oriented Theology (Fordham University Press, 2013), and Letters to a Young Mormon (Maxwell Institute, 2014). He is the co-editor, with Joseph Spencer, of the book series Groundwork: Studies in Theory and Scripture, published by the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship and serves as the current director of the Mormon Theology Seminar.

Natasha Vita-More is a designer and theorist. She is a professor at the University of Advancing Technology, Chairman of Humanity+, and a Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. She received her doctorate from the Planetary Collegium, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom, where her thesis focuses on human enhancement and radical life extension. She is the designer and author of “Platform Diverse Body, Substrate Autonomous Person (fka “Primo Posthuman” - a future whole body prototype.) In 2013, she co-edited The Transhumanist Reader: Classical and Contemporary Essays on the Science, Technology, and Philosophy of the Human Future. In 1983, Vita-More authored the “Transhuman Manifesto”; and founded Transhumanist Arts and Culture in 1993. She was the Chair of “Vital Progress Summit” 2004, establishing a precedent for discussion of human enhancement. She was the president of the Extropy Institute 2002-2006. Vita-More is a proponent of morphological freedom and enhancing human biology. To give credence to her arguments, Vita-More supports the Proactionary Principle. In addition to academic works, she has exhibited at National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Brooks Memorial Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Women In Video, Telluride Film Festival, United States Environmental Film Festival and “Evolution Haute Couture: Art and Science in the Post-Biological Age”. She is published in more than two dozen journals and a contributing author to numerous books.

The Mormon Transhumanist Association is an international nonprofit organization that promotes radical flourishing in compassion and creation through technology and religion. 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.

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2013 Conference Proceedings Published

The conference proceedings from the Association's 2013 annual conference are now available on Scribd! When you visit the collection, you can read and share:

Purpose of the Mormon Transhumanist Association
Lincoln Cannon delivers the Purpose of the Mormon Transhumanist Association.

Demythologizing Mormonism
Carl Youngblood shows how to move away from apologetics and debates over historicity to the richer fields of symbol, metaphor and narrative.

(De)Construction down the Rabbit Hole
The erudite Jared Anderson dreams of religion so good it does not need to be true.

From Humanity to Fullness the Mormon Way
Richard Bushman commends the transhumanists in this organization for asking where science and engineering will lead us in another two hundred years.

Christian Critique of Religious Transhumanism
Carl Teichrib delivers a critique of religious transhumanism from a mainstream Christian perspective.

Joseph Smith and Technologies of Seership
Don Bradley shows how Joseph Smith the transhumanist received revelation via advanced technology.

An Atheist Transhumanist Critique of Religious Transhumanism
Peter Wicks argues that religious transhumanists have a special responsibility to question their beliefs.

Symposium on Religion and the Brain at University of Utah

The Religious Brain Project is holding a symposium on Religion and the Brain at 7pm on Friday 28 February 2014 at the Clinical Neurosciences Center (175 N Medical Drive) on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City. An interdisciplinary panel will discuss religion from a neuroscience and social science perspective. The public is welcome.

The Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance

The Mormon Transhumanist Association has joined a broad coalition of activist groups, companies, and online platforms to hold a worldwide day of activism in opposition to the NSA's mass spying regime on February 11th. Dubbed "The Day We Fight Back", the day of activism was announced on the eve of the anniversary of the tragic passing of activist and technologist Aaron Swartz. The protest is both in his honor and in celebration of the victory over the Stop Online Piracy Act two years ago this month, which he helped spur. Find out how you can help at The Day We Fight Back website.

American Academy of Religion Call for Papers on Transhumanism and Religion

The 2014 Call for Papers for the Transhumanism and Religion Group at the American Academy of Religion is online. The deadline for proposals is March 3rd, 2014, at 5pm EST. For more information, please follow this link:

http://papers.aarweb.org/content/transhumanism-and-religion-group

Please note that this year, the Christian Systematic Theology Section is focusing on theological anthropology. The Transhumanism and Religion Group is co-sponsoring a special joint session with them on their call for papers:

"We are interested in receiving proposals that put Transhumanism issues in dialogue with aspects of Christian theological anthropology (doctrines, theologians, or aspects of the tradition that make claims about the reasons for, constitution of, calling, purpose, or destiny of humanity). We also welcome papers on the theme of Transhumanism and cloning."

For more information, follow this link:

http://papers.aarweb.org/content/christian-systematic-theology-section-and-transhumanism-and-religion-group

The conference will be held in San Diego, 22-25th November, 2014. We look forward to seeing many of you in sunny San Diego.

Extended Call for Papers for 2014 Conference

The deadline for proposals for the 2014 Conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association has been extended to Saturday 15 February 2014. Proposals should be submitted to admin@transfigurism.org. Additional information on submitting proposals is available in the original call for papers.

Future Day 2014 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 2014. 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.

January Online Discussion Group

The January 2014 online discussion group of the Mormon Transhumanist Association will be on Saturday, January 25, 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 finalize the discussion of a “Transfigurist Network” as an umbrella organization to coordinate the work of different religious transhumanist associations, such as the MTA and the CTA, and the forthcoming MTA conference in April.

Brad Carmack at Transhuman Visions Conference

Association director Brad Carmack will present on Mormon Transhumanism on March 1 in Piedmont, California. Details and registration below!

http://brighterbrains.org/articles/entry/transhuman-visions-east-bay-march-1-2014

The first TRANSHUMAN VISIONS conference SOLD OUT 3.5 weeks before the February 1 event, indicating a massive interest in transhumanist ideas. Buoyed with confidence, Brighter Brains Institute is now producing a second event in the East Bay, on March 1, with a fresh new lineup.

Max More and Natasha Vita-More are the Keynote Speakers of TRANSHUMAN VISIONS 2.0 - EAST BAY, plus there’s 15 other luminaries: John Smart, Zoltan Istvan, Monica Anderson, Brian Wang, Linda M. Glenn, Nikola Danaylov, Michael Anissimov, Grace Walcott, Hank Pellissier, Gray Scott, Dr. Egil Asprem, Kevin Russell, Brad Carmack, Abelard Lindsay, Andre Watson, Gennady Stolyarov II, Wendy Stolyarov, Andrez Gomez Emilsson, and the Terra Nova Robotics Club of Pacifica.

This posse of futurists will pontificate on topics like Nootropics, Artificial Intelligence, Radical Life Extension, Psychedelics, Polygamy, Existential Risks, Bioethics, Cryonics, Mormonism, Positive Futurism, The Singularity, Nanotechnology, and Robotics.

For everyone who couldn’t get tickets to the first event, for everyone who wants to return for more amazement, for everyone who finds the East Bay more convenient - you can get your tickets now via EVENTBRITE for TRANSHUMAN VISIONS 2.0 East Bay. Like the first event, this one is All-Day, from 8:30 am - 9:00 pm.

Venue is Piedmont Veteran’s Hall, 401 Highland Avenue, in Piedmont - between Magnolia Avenue & Vista Avenue. The auditorium seats 200 people, plus there’s a dining / merchant room, a kitchen, a lobby, a veranda, abundant parking, and a long balcony overlooking a spacious grassy park directly across the street.

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