Category Archives: transhumanism

All About Me

In my autobiography, I describe myself as an introverted agnostic Mormon with anarcho-transhumanist and environmentalist tendencies. I’ve more recently described myself as a curmudgeonly cynical optimist.  But I don’t think that is completely accurate.  Check the following definitions: curmudgeon:  crusty, … Continue reading

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My Personal Concept of God

I’m not much of a theist, I’m more of an agnostic.  But if there is a God, this is a description I could believe in: [Prominent Process Theologian] John B. Cobb Jr. has not shied away even from re-imaging what … Continue reading

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LDS Church as an Automobile, Enhancing the Analogy

In a recent podcast, John Dehlin analogized the LDS Church to a car (the below quotes are taken from wheatandtares.org): Let’s just say that the Mormon church in the 21st century is kinda like an automobile…it drives around; it gets … Continue reading

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History’s Seven Worst Ideas and/or Inventions?

According to a nonscientific survey of professionals by Paul A. Offit, the worst historic ideas and/or inventions are (extracted from NG, June 2017): 4,000 BC:  the Sumerians discovered “the plant of joy,” which gave birth to a class of drugs … Continue reading

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Will the Rate of Technological Progress Continue to Accelerate?

My brother, an economist at the University of Chicago, during a recent presentation at Utah State University on risk and uncertainty, quoted two scholars about the future of technology: First, Joel Mokyr (2013), economic historian at Northwestern University who specializes … Continue reading

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Mormons and Scripture Literalism

By Farside [1] [Many Mormons are] reading the scriptures as if they were written by 21st Century Americans who were schooled in historiography and who placed a premium on getting their facts straight.  They were not and they did not. … Continue reading

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Maasai and Cell Phone Technology

By Daniel Stone [1] The Maasai people of Kenya and Tanzania live a semi-nomadic, pastoral life, seeking out areas of fresh pasture and building enclosures to protect their livestock. For cultural anthropologists who wonder how off-the-grid people are being changed … Continue reading

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