Turing Church Workshops

tconline1giulioThe Turing Church Online Workshop 1, on Saturday November 20 2010 in Teleplace, explored transhumanist spirituality and “Religion 2.0″ as a coordination-oriented summit of persons, groups and organizations active in this area.

Panelists: Ben Goertzel, Giulio PriscoMike Perry , Lincoln Cannon, Martine Rothblatt.

Many other “interested observers” of transhumanist spirituality and “Religion 2.0″ partcipated in the workshop, including the writers Robert Geraci and Remi Sussan.

About 20 participants attended the workshop and contributed to the discussion with very interesting questions and comments.

For those who could not attend we have recorded everything (talks, Q/A and discussion) on video. There are 3 different videos:

VIDEO 1 – Part 1, 600×400 resolution, 43 min, speaker Giulio Prisco, recorded by Fred and Linda Chamberlain
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VIDEO 2 – Part 2, 600×400 resolution, 1 hour 28 min, speakers Mike Perry and Ben Goertzel
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VIDEO 3 – Part 3, 600×400 resolution, 1 hour 7 min, speakers Lincoln Cannon and Martine Rothblatt
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Topics and issues discussed:

To discover parallels and similarities between different organizations and to agree on common interests, agendas, strategies, outreach plans etc.
To discuss whether it makes sense to establish a umbrella organization, or to consider one of the existing organizations as such.
To develop the idea of scientific resurrection: our descendants and mind children will develop “magic science and technology” in the sense of Clarke’s third law, and may be able to do grand spacetime engineering and even resurrect the dead by “copying them to the future“. Of course this a hope and not a certainty, but I am persuaded that this concept is scientifically founded and could become the “missing link” between transhumanists and religious and spiritual communities.
And of course, how to make our our beautiful ideas available, understandable and appealing to billions of seekers.

The workshop made evident that the participants, persons and groups, share very similar, overlapping and compatible ideas. It is also evident that there are different approaches to transhumanist spirituality, each with its own focus and priorities. Some participants observed that, since all of the spiritual transhumanist groups represented at the workshop are inclusive, it makes sense joining all. The idea of establishing a umbrella organizations for spiritually inclined transhumanists was discussed. An alternative is one of the existing groups, or perhaps Humanity+ (subject to their interest of course) as umbrella organization. The MTA and Terasem reported significant growth.

The Turing Church Online Workshop 1 was held in teleXLR8, a telepresence community for cultural acceleration. teleXLR8 produces online events, featuring first class content and speakers, using the best technology for e-learning and collaboration in an online 3D environment: Teleplace (now open sourced as OpenQwaq).

See also: Turing Church Online Workshop 1.


The Turing Church Online Workshop 2 was held on Sunday, December 11, 2011, with a format similar to the Turing Church Online Workshop 1 on November 20, 2010. The Workshop explored transhumanist spirituality and “Religion 2.0″, the convergence of science and religion, highly imaginative future science and technologies for resurrection, emerging science and technologies for immortality, social and memetic engineering.

Click here for a summary of the talks

Click here for the full video coverage of the Workshop

— Giulio Prisco, author of Engineering Transcendence
— James Hughes, author of Citizen Cyborg and Problems of Transhumanism: Atheism vs. Naturalist Theologies
— Martine RothblattTerasem, author of Mindfiles, Mindware and Mindclones
— Frank Tipler, author of The Physics of Immortality and The Physics of Christianity
— Remi Sussan, author of Les utopies posthumaines
— Lincoln Cannon, Mormon Transhumanist Association, author of The New God Argument
— Brent Allsop
— Dan Massey (see also Transreligion – An Inspirational Framework for Transgender Transhumans)
— Mike Perry, author of Forever for All
— Andrew Warner

Speakers (pre-recorded videos)
— Fred and Linda Chamberlain (see also the Truths of Terasem Podcasts)
— Ben Goertzel, author of A Cosmist Manifesto

See also: Turing Church Online Workshop 2.

The technical implementation of the Workshop was managed by teleXLR8 using the OpenQwaq VR technology. teleXLR8, a telepresence community for cultural acceleration, produces online events, featuring first class content and speakers, using the open source OpenQwaq, the best technology for e-learning and collaboration in an online 3D environment.

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