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Forcing Change Issue Update

May 14, 2013

Dear Friends of Forcing Change,Image

Sometimes doors open that are wholly unexpected.

This was the case when the Mormon Transhumanist Association contacted myself with a request; Would I be willing to attend the 2013 MTA conference and present a “Christian critique”?

As many of you already know, I took the MTA up on their offer, and on April 5 spent time with this group in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was a memorable experience in many ways – rubbing shoulders with transhumanists, Mormons, and people interested in the changing role of technology – and I really enjoyed spending time with the organizers, other speakers, and attendees. I found them all to be hospitable, respectful, and genuine. Did I agree with the MTA and the Mormon foundation that girds the organization? Not at all. And that was the point of attending – they wanted an outside, critical voice at the table.

In this edition of Forcing Change, I tackle the issue of Transhumanism and Mormonism, and how the two interlock. Along the way we explore what transhumanism is, what it seeks to achieve, and some of the different ways the movement manifests itself. We particularly look at the use of “God-talk” in the transhuman community, and then explore and critique the Mormon concept of exhalation – to become a God – and conclude by identifying the commonality between the Latter-day Saints and the transhuman idea. 

Other features in this edition of Forcing Change include a short piece on “Second Life,” a selection of quotes by social and techno-critic Neil Postman, an interesting selection of items from Freemasonry and Theosophy (each claiming “Godhood” as a goal), the complete transcript of my speech to the MTA, and the opening presentation by Lincoln Cannon – the president of the Mormon Transhumanist Association.

So if you’re a member of Forcing Change, go to and download your copy today!

If you’re not a member/subscriber, then consider signing up. Not only will you have access to the latest issue of Forcing Change, but you’ll have over six years of back editions at your fingertips – an incredible educational resource.

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