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.

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