Text Ticker: Meet the Mormon Transhumanist Association
Bet you thought Mormons might be kinda reactionary about fancy secular ideas like “transhumanism”: “ethical use of technology to extend human capabilities.” Think again. I just came across this fascinating organization (with a great logo):
The Mormon Transhumanist Association is an international nonprofit organization that promotes practical faith in human exaltation through charitable use of science and technology, as outlined in the Mormon Transhumanist Affirmation.
After my several adventures exploring Mormon life in Utah, I’ve come to think of Mormonism as, in many respects, an expression of some basic American values. What makes them so suspect in the eyes of the rest of us, perhaps, is that they’re more American than America.
Mormonism and Transhumanism advocate remarkably similar views of human nature and its future: material beings organized according to law, rapidly advancing knowledge and power, imminent fundamental changes to anatomy and environment, and eventual transcendence of present limitations. Resources available through this site provide details on the relation between Mormon and Transhumanist views.