Schedule for the Mormon Transhumanist Association Conference 2012
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The 2012 conference of the Mormon Transhumanist Association will be held on 6 April 2012 from 9am to 5pm at the Salt Lake City Public Library in Salt Lake CIty, Utah. The conference is open to the public. Register today!
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 2010 Transhumanism and Spirituality conference and the 2009 Mormonism and Engineering conference.
MORNING SESSION 9:00am-11:55pm Conducting: Lincoln Cannon
9:00am-9:10am BUSINESS Lincoln Cannon
9:15am-9:25am KEYNOTE Chris Bradford on “Wise as Serpents, Harmless as Doves: Subverting Dogma in an LDS Context”
9:30am-9:40am Varden Hadfield on “How Amazing is Grace? The Role of Jesus Christ in Mormonism and Transhumanism” 9:45am-9:55am Dan Wotherspoon on “Things Mormon Transhumanist Nerds Should Keep in Mind When Interacting with Potential Non-Transhumanist Allies — Especially Ones within Their Own Tradition” 10:00am-10:10am Kathy Wilson on “From Mormon to Mystic” 10:15am-10:25am Brad Carmack on “Mormonism Beyond the Gender Binary” 10:30am-10:40am Evan Hadfield on “God as Universal Experience: A Buddhist and Mormon Perspective” 10:45am-10:55am Leonard Reil on “The Gods of Eternity” 11:00am-11:10am Don Bradley on “‘The Grand Fundamental Principle’: Friendship as Partaking of the Divine Nature” 11:15am-11:25am Karl Hale on “Worshiping an Extra-Terrestrial Humanoid Deity” 11:30am-11:40am Marcus Flinders on “Taxation in a Millennial World”
11:45am-11:55am KEYNOTE Chris Bradford on “Bodies Without End: Embodiment in a Substrate-Independent World”
AFTERNOON SESSION 1:00pm-5:00pm Conducting: Chris Bradford
1:00pm-1:05pm BUSINESS Chris Bradford
1:10pm-1:40pm KEYNOTE Giulio Prisco on “The Turing Church of Transcendent Engineering”
1:45pm-1:55pm Jamie Driessen on “Machine Skepticism Using a Non-Classical Suspension of a Logic Gate” 2:00pm-2:10pm James Carroll on “Epiphenomenalism, the Problem with Property Dualism” 2:15pm-2:25pm Eric Swedin on “Why Transhumanist Immortality is a Bad Idea” 2:30pm-2:40pm Carl Youngblood on “Compassionate Obsolescence: Coping with Technological Change” 2:45pm-2:55pm Adam Davis on “Scientific Realism and the Simulation Argument” 3:00pm-3:10pm Brent Allsop on “Ushering in the Millennium” 3:15pm-3:25pm Michael Ferguson on “Toward a Science of Spirituality” 3:30pm-3:40pm Roger Hansen on “Putting a Ghost in the Machine” 3:45pm-3:55pm Mike Perry on “Christian Atheist Universal Immortalism” 4:00pm-4:10pm Dorothy Deasy on “Post-biological Transfiguration” 4:15pm-4:25pm Micah Redding on “Transhumanism and the Christian Story”
4:30pm-5:00pm KEYNOTE Lincoln Cannon on “History, Status and Plans of the Mormon Transhumanist Association”