Qyxxql Merlin (qyxxql_merlin) wrote,
Qyxxql Merlin

Seminar on Transhumanism and Religion Part 2 - Mormonism...

Above is a picture of Ahman Hax (Lincoln Cannon) during his presentation of Transfigurism (Mormon Transhumanism) in Second Life...

If you are reading this posting, you probably have already read Part 1 which is available directly below the position of this posting about the Mormon component of the seminar that I attended on April 29, 2007.

Ahman Hax was the third speaker of the afternoon and he represents the Mormon Transhumanist Association from Salt Lake City, Utah (in RL).

Their webpage is http://transfigurism.org

I tried to add Elder Hax to my first posting about this seminar but Livejournal told me that my posting was too large to post...I guess that unedited chat-history took too much text-space. I felt it necessary to post the entire chat history in order to give you a fuller sense of the theoretical ambience permeating this well-attended meeting.

I had posted so many text characters in my previous posting that I was not even able to provide proper photo captions describing each slide at the event.... So now, I will be blogging a 3-part miniseries...

Unfortunately, I had to retreat from SL into the more secular and pre-posthumanist world of RL ("Real" Life) at this time so I was unable to stay for the length of Ahman Hax's presentation. Maybe I will be able to interview Elder Hax in person about the Mormon view of Transhumanism...

Here is the official view of the Transfigurist movement that I managed to locate on the FAQ of their main website...

"What is the Mormon Transhumanist Association?

The Mormon Transhumanist Association is an international nonprofit organization that promotes charitable and working faith in physical salvation, as outlined in the Mormon Transhumanist Affirmation. We are affiliated with the World Transhumanist Association and support the Transhumanist Declaration. Although we are neither a religious organization nor affiliated with any religious organization, we support our members in their personal religious affiliations, and encourage them to adapt Transhumanism to their unique situations.

What is the relationship between Mormonism and Transhumanism?

Few have recognized the relationship between Mormonism and Transhumanism. On the one hand, Mormonism is a spiritual ideology of the Judeo-Christian tradition that advocates faith in God leading to salvation. On the other hand, Transhumanism is a mostly secular ideology that advocates ethical use of technology to extend human capabilities. However, Mormonism and Transhumanism are parallel and complementary in their views of the future: rapidly advancing knowledge, imminent fundamental changes in human nature, and ultimate transcendence of our current limitations. We provide more details in a document, Parallels and Complements between Mormonism and Transhumanism, originally presented at the Sunstone Symposium in Salt Lake City on 11 August 2006."

I will discuss these views in more detail in my commentary section also known as "Part 3"... I hope to have this online before sunrise...

Despite not being able to focus on Elder Hax's intriguing presentation, I did manage to take a few pictures showing his slides but I was unable to scoop up any text-bytes from my chat history for you...

For this last picture below, you can also see a cameo by the First Speaker, Giulio Perhaps (Giulio Prisco)...

Tags: merlin, mormon transhumanism, qyxxql, second life, seminar, transcendence
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