October 2012 Discussion Group of the Mormon Transhumanist Association

Today I had the pleasure to participate in the October 2012 Discussion Group of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, via Google+ Hangouts. We had a lively discussion on how to make our ideas much more appealing to many more people. See also previous post on “How to make Cosmism appealing and popular.”

It is good to see that this meeting is becoming popular. I missed the September meeting because I thought that the 4th Saturday of the month and the last Saturday of the month mean the same thing, which shows how easy it is to make stupid mistakes.

We had a lively discussion on how to make our ideas much more appealing to many more people. See also previous post on “How to make Cosmism appealing and popular.”

Fact: our ideas are shared by a very small minority of persons, mostly white males living in the western world, often technically oriented geeks with background in physics, engineering and computer science. This has been often noticed and discussed to death, but it continues to be the case.

Open questions: Should we put more emphasis on sensuality? Why does transhumanism seem more appealing to physicists and computer scientists than to mathematicians and biologists? Why does transhumanism seem more appealing to men than to women?

The last question is especially interesting. Nature, nurture, or (most likely in my opinion) a mix of both? How to formulate and package transhumanism in a way that is much more appealing to women? (by the way I am more and more persuaded that “Transhumanism” is a PR mistake).

Men and women have different roles in the traditional LDS culture, but different roles does not mean different interests. Ladies were at least 50% of the Pioneers who participants in a dangerous, “transhumanist” journey, perhaps not leaders but certainly motivated and committed followers.

The MTA Elevator Pitch for Women Game: you are in the proverbial elevator with a woman and you want to make our ideas very, very, very appealing to her. You have one minute. What do you say? Replies from ladies will be especially welcome. The results will be discussed at the November online meeting.

  • Encarnacion

    Hmm… Elevator, weir guy and no escape route. Well, that would not work with me and I’m a transhumanist already. ;)

    A good way to start the conversation would be if the (transhumanist) guy was wearing one of those fantastic t-shirts that Jason Silva wears. I would be curious and ask him about it. Then an explanation that implied common effort, optimism, a peaceful movement, kindred spirits around the world, the science as a means to achieve the destiny of humankind… That would be interesting for me.

  • Giulio Prisco

    Thanks Encarnacion. I will be sure to get some of those t-shirts to wear next time I am in an elevator, but I guess that having Jason’s looks would also help ;-)

    Re “common effort, optimism, a peaceful movement, kindred spirits around the world, the science as a means to achieve the destiny of humankind”

    This sounds like a good first impression. Question: is this the first impression that transhumanism gives now to newcomers, and if not, what should we correct?

    Note: this game can be played here, on the MTA mailing list, and on the MTA Facebook group.