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Facing the Challenges of Transhumanism: Religion, Science, Technology

Philip Clayton Speaks on Emergence Theory and its Implications for Religion

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2009

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Call for Papers Announced for the 2010 Metanexus Conference
The Metanexus Institute has announced that its 2010 conference will be held July 17-20 in Tempe, AZ. The conference will be titled, "The Whole Story: Philosophy, Theology, Science, and Other Stories of Everything." Abstracts must be submitted before January 30, 2010. Learn more

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New Book on the Religious Implications of Radical Life Extension Published by Palgrave Macmillan

Palgrave Macmillan has published an edited volume titled, Religion and the Implications of Radical Life Extension. Learn more


Philip Clayton Speaks on emergence theory and its implications for religion.
On October 26, 2009, Philip Clayton delivered a public lecture entitled “Emergent Phenomena in the Natural World: What Do They Suggest about Religion?” Listen to the podcast.
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Members of Transhumanism Faculty Seminar Featured on Ebru TV
Two members of the Transhumanism faculty seminar - Paul Davies and Norbert Samuelson - are featured in a series of conversations on religion and science put together by Ebru TV. The taped conversations are available here, and can be found under "Matter and Beyond," Season 5, Episode 2.
Maxwell Mehlman Speaks on Public Policy and its Relationship with Transhumanism
On April 20, 2009, Maxwell Mehlman delivered a Templeton Research Lecture entitled “Directed Evolution: Public Policy and Human Enhancement.” Listen to the podcast.
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Phil Hefner's April 2008 Seminar Presentation to be Published in the Journal Dialog
An article emerging from the seminar presentation that Phil Hefner delivered in April 2008 will be published in the Summer 2009 edition of the journal Dialog, under the title, "The Animal that Aspires to be an Angel: The Challenge of Transhumanism."
Science Writer Margaret Wertheim Speaks on Changing Notions of Selfhood and Space
On February 23, 2009, Margaret Wertheim delivered a public lecture entitled “Body and Soul as Aspects of Being: From Dante to the Internet.” Listen to the podcast.
 

2008

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Newly Designed Online Forum Now Available
The ASU Transhumanism Project has launched a newly redesigned online forum, which features links to our organization's twitter, shelfari, and facebook pages.
New Templeton Research Fellow Named
Maxwell J. Mehlman has been named the new Templeton Research Fellow for the 2008-2009 academic year. Read the press release here.
Transhumanism Papers Published in The Global Spiral
Papers from the Spring 2008 Workshop on Transhumanism and the Meanings of Progress have been published in the June 2008 edition of The Global Spiral.
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Human Embodiment and Dignified Death: A Critique of Transhumanism
Hava Tirosh Samuelson recently delivered a presentation on “Human Embodiment and Dignified Death: A Critique of Transhumanism” at a conference on “Extending Life: Setting the Agenda for the Ethics of Aging, Death, and Immortality” hosted by The Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity on March 6–8.

2007

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On The Compatibility of Religion and Transhumanism Outside Link
Apr 1, 2007: James Hughes, a presenter at last year’s workshop entitled “Transhumanism and the Concept of Human Nature”, recently published an article based on his presentation at ASU in the Metanexus journal the Global Spiral. The article continues Hughe's attempt to explore potential relationships between transhumanism, human enhancement technology, and mainstream religion.
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Transhumanism and Religion Consultation: Call for Papers
The Transhumanism and Religion consultation welcomes papers for its November 1–3 meeting on any aspect of transhumanism and religion. We particularly welcome papers that identify and critically evaluate the implicit religious beliefs underlying key transhumanist claims and assumptions. We welcome critical and constructive assessments of this envisioned future. For further information please contact Calvin Mercer at mercerc@ecu.edu
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Facing the Challenges of Transhumanism: Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Considerations Outside Link
Hava Tirosh–Samuelson speaks on “Facing the Challenges of Transhumanism: Philosophical, Religious, and Ethical Considerations” at the 2007 Metanexus Conference on Transdisciplinarity and the Unity of Knowledge. Download PDF Transcript

2006

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What Does it Mean to be Human? Outside Link
A Templeton Research Lecture Query November 2006
Leda Cosmides
Templeton Research Lectures Launched
Leda Cosmides launched the Templeton Research Lectures on October 10, 2006. Over 300 people attended the provocative lecture on the topic of “Are We Already Transhuman? Evolutionary Psychology and Human Nature.”
Listen to lecture (CSRC on iTunes)
An Interview with Leda Cosmides (PDF)
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Conflicts at the Interface of Religion and Science (PDF)
Fall 2006
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Genes, Machines and Human Beings (PDF)
Summer 2006
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Grant Boosts Science, Religion Dialogue (PDF)
March 21, 2006

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Lectures

To RSVP for public lectures on–line, please send your name, address, and the number of people in your party to CSRC Ticket Order or call (480)727–6736.

Emergent Phenomena in the Natural World: What Do They Suggest about Religion?
Philip Clayton
Monday, October 26, 2009
West Hall, Room 135
Directed Evolution: Public Policy and Human Enhancement
Maxwell J. Mehlman
Monday, April 20, 2009, 7:30pm
College of Law Great Hall (Armstrong 113)
Body and Soul as Aspects of Being: From Dante to the Internet
Margaret Wertheim
Monday, February 23, 2009, 12:15pm
College of Law Great Hall (Armstrong 113)
Improved Humans: Legal and Political Aspects of the New Genetics
Maxwell J. Mehlman
Wendesday, November 12, 2008, 7:30pm
College of Law Great Hall
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From Human to Transhuman:
Technology and the Reconstruction of the World

Brad Allenby
Monday, October 22, 2007, 7:30pm
College of Law Great Hall
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Who Are We? Reconciling Universal Human Nature and Genetic Uniqueness
John Tooby
7:30pm Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Old Main Carson Ballroom
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Are We Already Transhuman? Evolutionary Psychology and Human Nature
Leda Cosmides
7:30pm Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Old Main Carson Ballroom
Listen to the podcast

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Workshops

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Transhumanism and the Future of Democracy

April 23-24, 2009


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Transhumanism and the Meanings of Progress
April 24-25, 2008


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Transhumanism and the Concept of Human Nature

April 16, 2007

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Seminars

Click here for a list of the participants in the year-long faculty seminar.

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