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Conference 2018 Preview: Aubrey de Grey & Radical Life Extension (RE-RELEASE)

8/15/2018
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Christian Transhumanist Conference—August 25th, 2018—with keynote speaker Aubrey de Grey!

Duration:01:10:13

Ep 43: Derek Webb & the AI

7/26/2018
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Derek Webb gets inside the head of the first A.I. waking up to consciousness.

Duration:00:53:01

Ep 42: Taryn Southern Lives in the Future

7/12/2018
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Taryn Southern teaches AI to sing, releases the first song on the blockchain, and talks about how to use VR for good.

Duration:01:07:26

Ep 41: David Pearce & Engineering Paradise

6/21/2018
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David Pearce lays out a plan for building heaven on earth, shows us why vegans need more science fiction, and explains why computers will never become conscious.

Duration:01:10:01

Ep 40: Justin Lee—Gay, Geek & Christian

6/7/2018
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Justin Lee navigates being gay & Christian, talks about Paul, the Bible, and Christian ethics, and bridges the ultimate divide: geeks vs nerds!

Duration:01:13:03

Ep 39: Ilia Delio, Christ & Evolution

5/31/2018
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Ilia Delio explains how Jesus is like the Singularity, shows us why Christianity is the religion of evolution, and explores the thought of Teilhard de Chardin—the 1930s priest who foretold the internet.

Duration:01:03:00

Ep 37: Robin Hanson & The Elephant in the Brain

5/16/2018
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Robin Hanson explores a future of robotic human uploads, helps us worry about The Great Filter, gives us strategies for living in a Simulation, and casually points out the Elephant in the Brain.

Duration:01:26:26

Ep 35: David Deutsch & Humanity's Infinite Reach

7/28/2017
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David Deutsch explains the physics of humanity’s profound place in the cosmos—and our potentially unlimited future.

Duration:00:57:53

Ep 34: Meghan O'Gieblyn's Strange Journey into Transhumanism

6/25/2017
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Meghan O'Gieblyn lost her faith—and found transhumanism. Then she realized that those two things weren't quite as far apart as she first believed.

Duration:01:15:30

Ep 33: Ron Cole-Turner & The Theology of Transformation

4/26/2017
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What does Christianity bring to the conversation about humanity’s future? How do we move beyond the selfishness of short-term thinking, and embrace technology as part of the renewal and transformation of all life? Ron Cole-Turner, professor of theology & ethics, explores all this and more!

Duration:01:20:53

Ep 32: Shannon Vyff, Cryonics & Religious Education

4/11/2017
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Is cryonics selfish? What do Harry Potter, transhumanism & religious education have in common? What happens when kids go door-to-door raising money for life extension? Shannon Vyff—Transhumanist, Unitarian Universalist, and author of “21st Century Kids“—discusses all this and more!

Duration:00:50:38

Ep 31: Peter Enns & How to Stop Defending the Bible (So You Can Actually Read It)

3/21/2017
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How can certainty be a form of idolatry? Why should Christians embrace the humanity of the scriptures? How did an existentialist rant sneak into the Bible? And what does that teach us about faith? Peter Enns joins us to explore all these questions and more!

Duration:00:55:03

Ep 30: Robert Wright & the Purpose of Evolution

3/13/2017
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Can evolution have a purpose? Are we living in an alien zoo? Does the cosmos evolve? Why did Christianity emerge when it did? What is the direction of human society—and are we at a crisis point in history? Best-selling author Robert Wright explores all these questions and more.

Duration:00:58:58

Ep 29: Calvin Mercer—Theology & the Trickiest Questions in Transhumanism

3/6/2017
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How does religion grapple with transhumanism and radical life extension? What does a theology of Extraterrestrials say about a theology of AI? Is Mind Uploading a rejection of the body, or an affirmation of St Paul's theology of resurrection?

Duration:01:00:54

Ep 28: Robert Walden Kurtz & the Zero Sum Game

2/21/2017
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Can a Seventh-Day Adventist be a transhumanist? Robert Walden Kurtz, Adventist pastor and Professor of Philosophy, says yes! Join us as we discuss robots stealing your job, mind-mapping Jesus, the hidden threat of washing machines, zero-sum games, hacking the mind, and radical humility.

Duration:01:31:38

Ep 27: Christopher Benek—Presbyterian, Pastor, Transhumanist

2/13/2017
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Is it possible to be a Presbyterian and a Transhumanist? Rev. Christopher Benek, pastor of a large Presbyterian church, and graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, says yes! Join us as we discuss how AI will participate in God's redemption, how humans are God's technology, and the surprising connection between Ray Kurzweil and NT Wright.

Duration:01:04:19

Ep 26: Philip Clayton & The Spectrum of Belief

12/18/2016
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Raised by atheists, now a theologian and philosopher, Philip Clayton joins us to discuss the messy world between doubt and belief, feeling stuck in Christianity, and being okay with unanswered questions.

Duration:00:53:53

Ep 25: Katharine Hayhoe, Christians & Climate Change

12/5/2016
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Katharine Hayhoe shares her unexpected journey to becoming an evangelical Christian climate scientist, discusses evidence for climate change, and explains why working to solve our climate problems doesn't mean "Big Government!". We explore optimistic ways to address global warming, and the incredible economic and health benefits of clean energy.

Duration:00:31:58

Ep 24: Greg Boyd & The Open-Ended God

11/21/2016
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Greg Boyd on how God enters the cosmic dance through Science, Scripture, and Us. We explore faith & doubt, quantum physics & relativity, Christ-shaped politics, and the hard parts of the Bible!

Duration:00:54:23

Ep 23: Genesis vs The Babylonians

10/24/2016
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Genesis vs the Babylonians, Eastern Orthodoxy vs American Fundamentalism, theosis vs playing god, and why early Christians kept talking about the 8th day of the week.

Duration:01:03:34