A friend (who knows I'm writing this, but whose name will remain undisclosed) approached me today with a list of questions, reflecting a crisis of religious disillusionment. Like me, my friend is a Mormon, which brought us together.
This week, I was a guest on the Mormon Matters podcast, hosted by my friend Dan Wotherspoon. I joined Dan, Chris Bradford and Tyson Jacobsen in a discussion about Mormonism and Transhumanism. Dan does excellent work, both as a host and in post-production; I've long known him to be an insightful religious philosopher, but now I know he's got a geek side too. Tyson represented secular humanism, posing questions that complemented those posed by Dan, helping us approach the subject from both important angles; I didn't know Tyson prior to this discussion, and I was impressed by his willingness to help us express our views. Chris and I represented Transhumanism; presently, Chris serves as the vice president of the Mormon Transhumanist Association, and I serve as president.
I have three sons that I love dearly, and I care about their education in all areas, including sexuality. I want them to understand that sex is beautiful and fun, when accompanied with love, respect and responsibility. I also want them to understand that sex can be abused, potentially harming our relations, as well as our own psychological well being.