What is the Purpose of Mormon Transhumanism?

The Mormon Transhumanist Association (MTA) approaches the pursuit of the goals of both transhumanism and theosis/exaltation as active, engaged, ongoing, rather than passive work. This is the path towards posthumanity. The Mormon Transhumanist Affirmation expresses this approach.

Purposes of the MTA

For Mormon Transhumanists the pursuit of theosis and exaltation entails deliberate, active work. This work emphasizes another key doctrinal feature of Latter-day Saint teachings: human agency. Agency is central to both Mormonism and Transhumanism.

That everyone may act ... according to the moral agency which I have given unto them, that everyone may be accountable...
Doctrine and Covenants 101:78

Mormon Transhumanist Affirmation

The constitution of the MTA states that the purpose of the association is to promote the active work outlined the Mormon Transhumanist Affirmation. The Affirmation outlines:

  1. The Christian discipleship of Mormon Transhumanists and our commitment to being compassionate stewards of life.
  2. Our commitment to seeking and acknowledging truth from any and all sources.
  3. Our pursuit of the exaltation of all people in a manner that honors their agency.
  4. Our embrace of scientific knowledge and technological power as essential tools for the pursuit of these goals. Note the wording carefully. These tools are "among the means ordained of God," but they are not the only means. Other essential ingredients could include Christlike compassion and service.
  5. Our obligation to use science and technology with care, caution, and wisdom.
  6. Our commitment to what Joseph Smith described as the "grand fundamental principles": Truth, Friendship, and Relief.
portrait of Joseph Smith
A person filled with the love of God is not content with blessing their family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race.
Joseph Smith

We invite you to read the full text of the Mormon Transhumanist Affirmation.

Questions for Discussion

  • What are the purposes and goals of the MTA?
  • What do the goals of transhumanism/posthumanity and theosis/exaltation have in common?
  • Why is individual agency so important in the pursuit of these goals? Why is it central to both Mormonism and Transhumanism?
  • Why is it important to understand human exaltation in social, ecological, and collaborative terms -- as a pursuit that involves not just individuals but families, communities, environments, nations, and even planets?
  • What are risks and benefits of pursuing theosis as a deliberate, active endeavor?
  • Why is it important to recognize and receive truth in and from any and all sources?
  • Which parts of the Mormon Transhumanist Affirmation resonate with you?

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