About the Mormon Transhumanist Association

What is the Mormon Transhumanist Association?

The Mormon Transhumanist Association is an international nonprofit organization that promotes radical flourishing in compassion and creation through technology and religion, as outlined in the Transhumanist Declaration and the Mormon Transhumanist Affirmation. Although we are neither a religious organization nor affiliated with any religious organization, we support our members in their personal religious affiliations, Mormon or otherwise, and encourage them to adapt Transhumanism to their unique situations.

What is the relation between Mormonism and Transhumanism?

Increasingly, persons are recognizing parallels and complements between Mormon and Transhumanist views. On the one hand, Mormonism is a religion of the Judeo-Christian tradition that advocates immersive discipleship of Jesus Christ that leads to creative and compassionate works. On the other hand, Transhumanism is a mostly secular ideology that advocates ethical use of technology to expand human abilities. However, Mormonism and Transhumanism advocate remarkably similar views of human nature and potential: 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.

What is Transfigurism?

Transfigurism is religious Transhumanism, exemplified by syncretization of Mormonism and Transhumanism. The term “transfigurism” denotes advocacy for change in form, and alludes to sacred stories from many religious traditions, such as the Universal Form of Krishna in Hinduism, the Radiant Face of Moses in Judaism, the Wakening of Gautama Buddha in Buddhism, the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ in Christianity, and the Translation of the Three Nephites in Mormonism. Transfigurism also alludes to prophecies, such as the Rapture in Christianity and the Day of Transfiguration in Mormonism.

When was the Mormon Transhumanist Association organized?

The 14 founding members of the Mormon Transhumanist Association began organizing on 3 March 2006 and adopted a constitution on 13 May 2006. We incorporated in Utah of the United States on 4 August 2006, and received 501c3 nonprofit status in the United States, effective the same date. We affiliated with Humanity+ (formerly the World Transhumanist Association) on 6 July 2006 and renewed our affiliation on 2 October 2010.

Who are members of the Mormon Transhumanist Association?

At the end of 2012, the Mormon Transhumanist Association consisted of 251 members, with approximately 28% living in Utah and 73% living in the United States. According to a survey in 2011, 76% of our members were also members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the largest Mormon denomination) and 73% identified as theists. On cultural politics, 52% identified as progressive, 30% as moderate and 13% as conservative. On economic politics, 41% identified as progressive, 23% as moderate and 31% as conservative. All members of the association support the Transhumanist Declaration and the Mormon Transhumanist Affirmation.

What does the Mormon Transhumanist Association do?

The Mormon Transhumanist Association shares media, news and blogs about the intersection of Mormonism with science and technology and Transhumanism with religion and spirituality. We engage as a community in discussions and conferences about prophetic vision, scientific discovery, technological innovation, as well as opportunities and risks in our rapidly changing world. We also act with common purpose on team projects to cure disease, and extend and enhance life.

How can I help the Mormon Transhumanist Association?

Help the Mormon Transhumanist Association promote radical flourishing in compassion and creation through technology and religion. Join the association and engage in online or offline discussions. Link your website to ours. Start a blog on religion, science, spirituality or technology, and tell us about it. Attend a conference. Participate in a team project. Donate to the cause. Thank you!

How can I contact the Mormon Transhumanist Association?

You may contact us by email:

admin@transfigurism.org

You may also contact us by mail:

Mormon Transhumanist Association
21 Quiet Meadow Lane
Mapleton UT 84664 USA