By Gabrielle. Photo by Justin Hackworth.
I’m heading out today for the longest leg of my book tour. I’ll be gone 10 days. That is so long! I’ve never been away from the whole family for that many days, and I won’t lie, there were a lot of tears as I sent the kids off to school this morning. I’m feeling especially grateful to Ben Blair this morning. All this travel is a major disruption to our family schedule and puts a big burden on Ben.
Like all families, our regular life is full and active — while I’m gone, there are science fair projects due, prom shopping that needs to happen for the big dance next week, a middle school concert (and a choir uniform that needs to be dealt with), gymnastics for the youngest three, and regular stuff like laundry, etc.. But Ben acts like managing it alone is no big deal. He has been incredibly supportive of this book project from the very beginning, and it simply wouldn’t exist without him. Gosh I like Ben Blair.
In addition to being an ideal husband and parenting partner, he’s also a really interesting person who is always working on cool projects and developing new ideas. In fact, a few weeks ago he was in Salt Lake City presenting at the Mormon Transhumanist Conference.
Have you ever heard of transhumanism? There are official definitions out there, but when I try to explain quickly, I say it’s humans after The Singularity — when humans and computers merge. Imagine post-humans — an advanced version of humans that are super-hero-like, or even God-like. If you saw the movie Interstellar, it references future humans who can see and create in more dimensions than we can currently. They don’t use the word transhumanism in the movie, but that’s what I thought of when I watched it. Most transhumanists are athiests, but there happens to be a Mormon faction, because our doctrine actually fits quite nicely with the idea of transhumanism.
Anyway, Ben’s presentation was a shortened version of an essay he’s been working on for months. He looks for ways to bridge the conversation between religious and non-religious people and his essay is a good example of his thinking. Plus he references a Rilke poem that is one of my favorites!
We just got the link to the video of his presentation and it’s so good! I wanted to share it here because I’m proud of him, and also because I think you’ll find it interesting. It’s about 20 minutes long and well worth it! If you get a chance to watch it, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Even better, if you like it, I hope you’ll share it. And I’d also love to hear your thoughts on transhumanism if you have any. I pretty much love to hear your thoughts on any topic. : )