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I am a Transhumanist Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Possibilian, and a Bayesian Utilitarian. I have a PhD in computer science, and a minor in Ancient Near Eastern history. As a graduate student I taught Pearl of Great Price, Isaiah, and the Book of Mormon in the BYU Ancient Scripture department. I am currently a scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory doing ensemble machine learning research and computer assisted radiographic image analysis. My interests include artificial intelligence, machine learning, statistics, linguistics, consciousness, comparative ritual, RC model planes, and photography.
I am a Transhumanist Unitarian Universalist Buddhist Possibilian, and a Bayesian Utilitarian. I have a PhD in computer science, and a minor in Ancient Near Eastern history. As a graduate student I taught Pearl of Great Price, Isaiah, and the Book of Mormon in the BYU Ancient Scripture department. I am currently a scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory doing ensemble machine learning research and computer assisted radiographic image analysis. My interests include artificial intelligence, machine learning, statistics, linguistics, consciousness, comparative ritual, RC model planes, and photography.

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Republican John Kasich, Republicans will need to work with "good Democrats" to stop Trump, before he destroys our alliances, and destroys America's position as a world power.

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This is the 3rd class in the UULA Adult Religious Education series "Biblical Scholarship and Literacy". For more information, links to other lectures, links to the slides used, links to suggested supplementary resources/podcasts / commentaries / books / articles etc, see the course web-page: https://sites.google.com/view/biblicalscholarshipandliteracy/home

In this class we discuss the origins of the chapter and verse divisions of the Biblical text, and we discuss the account of the fall of man.

The story is important for many reasons, and has influenced our culture in countless ways.

Important topics include:

* The Origin of Evil
* The Role of Man vs. Nature
* The Inherent Nature of Man (sinful vs. good)
* Original Sin
* The Perception of Sexuality
* The Role of Women
* The Goals of God
* The Value of Knowledge
* The Importance of Obedience
* Science vs. Religion
* Adam as Israel
* Temple Theology of Israel
* The Atonement of Christ

We cover some (but not all) of these subjects. Unfortunately, there is always more to say, and not enough time to say it all.
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Announcement:

Our next Biblical Scholarship and Literacy class will be next Sunday (tomorrow) at 9am at the UULA Church Fellowship hall.

For our general topic, we will discuss the fascinating and unexpected connection behind the Magna Carta, and the origins of the Bible chapter and verse numbers we use today.

Our scriptural topic will be Genesis 2-5. This includes J's account of the creation, the fall of Adam and Eve, and the Cain and Able story. This story has been pivotal to religious thinking, and it impacts the thinking of over two billion people on topics such as:
science vs. religion, and human evolution,
the origin of evil, pain, and suffering,
the sinful nature of mankind, and the idea of "original sin",
sex, shame, and the morality of sexuality,
shame regarding nudity,
the place and role of women,
the origins and nature of Satan,
The goals of God and the place of mankind (does God want us to become like Him?),
The value of knowledge,
The importance of obedience,
...and many more.
There are also very significant ritual implications for understanding the meaning of the Israelite temple ritual and structure, as well as implications for later Christianity's view of Christ and his atonement for sin which we will discuss.

I hope to see many of you there tomorrow.





Administrivia:

I will not be streaming this class live this time around, because the internet speed at the Church is slow enough that the quality just hasn't been what I have hoped for. But I do plan on recording the class, hopefully with better quality, and then posting it later in the day. My hope is that this approach will provide better quality recordings of my classes for those who watch them online, at the small cost of a small wait.

When the video is posted, it will appear here: https://www.youtube.com/user/jlc46/videos but I will also send another email with a link to the specific video once it goes up. You should also be able to find archived links to the past lectures and presentations (as well as links to recommended supplemental resources and material) on the course web page: https://sites.google.com/view/biblicalscholarshipandliteracy/home.

Upcoming future classes include my comparative religion class on Hinduism, which will be next Friday, July 13th.

James
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The interpreter (a Mormon Apologetic group) has written a very poor review of Lincoln Cannon's excellent article "Mormonism Mandates Transhumanism."

https://lincoln.metacannon.net/2012/10/mormonism-mandates-transhumanism.html

http://www.mormoninterpreter.com/what-is-mormon-transhumanism-and-is-it-mormon/

It is my belief that the discussion of the issues surrounding ethics, religion, and transhumanism is an essential one. To date, I have yet to find an organization that is facilitating that conversation as well as the Mormon Transhumanist Association that Lincoln founded. I hope that "hit pieces" like this (for that is what this is) do not actually dissuade people from engaging in this important discussion. I believe that most people will see this sort of thing for exactly what it is.

If anyone here would like to join the Mormon Transhumanist Association Facebook group, and engage in the conversation, I can add you. Let me know.

(My thoughts/response in the comments below).
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