May 26th, 2009

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.

via Mormon Transhumanist Association – About.


4 Responses to “Meet the Mormon Transhumanist Association”

  1. Lincoln Cannon

    Thanks for commenting about the Mormon Transhumanist Association, Nathan. Please let us know if we may assist with any questions.

  2. Mormonism: The Next Generation « The Other Right

    [...] Via the Row Boat, further validation of Bloom’s contention that Mormonism is the American gnosticism: Increasingly, persons are recognizing parallels and complements between Mormon and Transhumanist views. On the one hand, Mormonism is a religious 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 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. [...]

  3. Nathan

    Thanks for the reminder about Bloom—I keep meaning to learn more about his gnosticism argument. Makes a lot of sense.

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