Transhumanism: The New Pharaohs And Their New Pagan Gods

The quest for immortality is as old as human existence, but has taken on a modern form in Transhumanism that is just as superstitious and silly as the Pharaohs in ancient Egypt. It will just as certainly fail in the end. ⁃ TN Editor

Jews around the world tomorrow hear Parsha Bo (Exodus 10:1 to 13:16) declaimed in the synagogue, recounting the last of the biblical plagues, the killing of Egypt’s first-born, and our midnight departure from Egypt. It is a solemn moment in our religious calendar. Our rabbis emphasize that God did not simply rescue us from Egyptian bondage, but brought a terrible judgment against their gods. Lord, hear our cry, and bring judgment against the pagan gods who are worshipped today!

God told Moses: “I will pass through Egypt on that night, and I will kill every first-born in Egypt, man and animal. I will perform acts of judgment against all the gods of Egypt: I (alone) am God.” (Exodus 12:12). Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sackscomments, “The plagues were not only intended to punish Pharaoh and his people for their mistreatment of the Israelites, but also to show them the powerlessness of the gods in which they believed. What is at stake in this confrontation is the difference between myth – in which the gods are mere powers, to be tamed, propitiated or manipulated – and biblical monotheism, in which ethics (justice, compassion, human dignity) constitute the meeting point of God and mankind.”

What was the upshot of Egyptian idolatry? The ruling elite wanted to live forever, and enslaved my ancestors to build grand tombs in which their mummified bodies would migrate to another life, surrounded by their wealth and some conveniently dead servants. A remarkably large part of Egypt’s economic output fed the fantasies of the Pharaohs, at which we laugh today. The desire for eternal life is not new, and hardly unique to Jews or Christians. Neanderthals buried their dead with grave gifts. Gilgamesh the Babylonian hero set out to find eternal life. The pharaohs built pyramids with our sweat and blood.

Today our progressive opinion-makers ridicule the concept of an eternal God and a world to come, but they believe that we soon will upload our minds to the Internet where our consciousness will continue intact. We laugh at the idea that the blessed would spend eternity strumming harps while seated on clouds, but enlightened opinion now believes that we shall maintain our conscious minds in Google’s cloud. Add to this a robotic body, and supposedly we can live forever. A lot of Silicon Valley billionaires take this seriously.

According to Wikipedia:

Mind uploading may potentially be accomplished by either of two methods: Copy-and-transfer or gradual replacement of neurons. In the case of the former method, mind uploading would be achieved by scanning and mapping the salient features of a biological brain, and then by copying, transferring, and storing that information state into a computer system or another computational device. The biological brain may not survive the copying process. The simulated mind could be within a virtual reality or simulated world, supported by an anatomic 3D body simulation model. Alternatively the simulated mind could reside in a computer that is inside (or connected to) a (not necessarily humanoid) robot or a biological body.

That is not science, but science fiction. The urge to escape death, though, remains as powerful today as it was when Moses confronted Ramses. A tech startup now offers a method to preserve the chemical arrangement of your brain until such time as it can be uploaded, with the minor side-effect that you will have to die in the process.

It sounds goofy, but the mainstream of enlightened opinion now believes that artificial intelligence, gene manipulation, and other techie fads will transform the human race into something utterly different. The popular writer Yuval Harari, a favorite of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Barack Obama, prophesies that we will make ourselves into science-fiction caricatures of ourselves. In a recent interview, the best-selling author declared:

Given the current pace of technological development, it is possible we destroy ourselves in some ecological or nuclear calamity. The more likely possibility is that we will use bioengineering and machine learning and artificial intelligence either to upgrade ourselves into a totally different kind of being or to create a totally different kind of being that will take over. In any case, in 200 or 300 years, the beings that will dominate the Earth will be far more different from us than we are different from Neanderthals or from chimpanzees.

Harari isn’t ready to have his brain preserved for a future upload, but his vision of human self-transformation is the next worst thing. All the metaphysical and existential investigation of the philosophers, all the inspiration of the artists, all the revelation of the prophets is tossed into the recycling bin at the brain lab. It is madness, but it now offers serious competition to the biblical foundations of Western society.

Our new pharaohs believe in methods to achieve immortality as silly as the old ones. And they entertain such fantasies for the same reason: They want to make themselves into immortal gods who have no more constraint on the satisfaction of their appetites than the rapacious, concupiscent and murderous gods of ancient paganism.

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Transhumans Still Focused On Immortality In 30 Years

Transhumanism is a religious belief system based on the hope that somehow science will provide the holy grail. The fact is, science has not advanced one centimeter toward immortality in all of history. ⁃ TN Editor

Immortality is on the horizon according to leading transhumanists, who believe in the future people will be able to live forever.

Biological immortality — or, more accurately, never growing old — has been studied by scientists who think it could be achieved with advanced genetic engineering.

But the technology to live forever will be incredibly expensive once it is available.

Transhumanist and futurist Dr Ian Pearson predicted “the rich and famous” will be getting the treatment by the 2050s — similar to how the stars have access to plastic surgery today.

“There are quite a lot of people interested in living forever,” he told Daily Express.

“There always has been, but the difference now is tech is improving so quickly, lots of people believe they can actually do it.

“No one wants to live forever at 95 years old, but if you could rejuvenate the body to 29 or 30, you might want to do that.”

Dr Pearson said celebrities and millionaires like the Kardashians would have first dibs on the technology for eternal youth — with people on normal incomes having to grow old and die naturally.

It is believed humans grow old due to an inefficiency in the way our cells replicate.

Bits off the end of our DNA are lost every time it replicates.

The protective “junk code” at the end of DNA eventually runs out, leaving older people more vulnerable to cancer mutations.

The junk code is known as “telomeres” and the oldest animals on earth naturally have longer ones.

American lobsters can live for more than 100 years with no sign of ageing and have a telomere-lengething enzyme called telomerase in every cell.

But in a review published in Rejuvenation Research, “Telomeres and Telomerase: A Modern Fountain of Youth?”, researchers found the anti-aging therapy caused an increase in cancer rates in mice.

But with constant breakthroughs in biology and the first ever genetically-modified babies born this year, many futurists believe the technology is within grasp this lifetime.

Another theory is that humans will have “electronic immortality” by fusing their consciousness to a robot.

“By 2060, people like you or I will be able to buy it, and by 2070 people in poor countries on modest incomes will be able to buy it”, Dr Pearson told the Sun.

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Transhumans Can’t Get The Dream Of Eternal Life Out Of Their Head

Since the Transhuman community heated up in the last 30 years, thanks to advancing technology, there has not been one single scientific breakthrough that has moved them one inch closer to achieving immortality. Undeterred, they continue to look for the big ‘breakthrough’ that will save them from death. ⁃ TN Editor

Brain implants, longer lives, genetically modified humans: for the prophets of transhumanism — the scientifically assisted evolution of humans beyond our current limitations — it is just a matter of time.

But many scientists insist that some problems are not so easily solved.

Sooner or later, they argue, the movement that crystalised in the can-do culture of 1980s California will hit the brick wall of the scientifically impossible.

The most recent controversy was in November, when Chinese scientist He Jianjui claimed to have created the world’s first genetically edited babies, who he said were HIV-resistant.

The backlash from the scientific community led to his work being suspended, as questions were raised not just about the quality of the science, but the ethics of the research.

But the transhumanist dream is nothing new, says Marc Roux, president of the French Transhumanist Association (AFT).

“It appeared when we realised that we could make considered choices to use techniques to intervene in our biological evolution,” he said.

Some of today’s giants of technology appear to take a similar view.

Google recruited computer scientist Ray Kurzweil, a leading light in the transhumanist movement. And it is backing Calico, a research company devoted to using technology to help people live longer and healthier lives.

And Elon Musk, the billionaire founder of Tesla, has set up Neuralink in San Francisco to develop “implantable brain-machine interfaces to connect humans to computers”.

Blay Whitby, who studies the ethical implications of transhumanist research at the University of Sussex, England, is sceptical.

“Some transhumanists sign their emails to me with slogans like ‘Death is now optional’ or ‘The first person to live to 500 has already been born’,” he remarks.

“They are clearly more optimistic than me.”

Sceptics point to the mountains science still has to climb.

A whole series of clinical trials has so far failed to find a cure for the neurodegenerative disease Alzheimer’s, which blights many people’s final years.

Life expectancy has actually fallen in some countries, such as the United States.

And a number of studies have concluded that there is a limit to how old humans can realistically expect to be able to live.

And there are limits, says Nathanael Jarrasse of the Institute for Intelligent Systems and Robotics (ISIR) in Paris.

“We only talk about time and money, denying the possibility that we might never manage to understand certain things — denying the scientifically impossible.”

Roux, in the transhumanist camp, regrets that the movement is too often reduced to the views of its most extreme advocates.

“Already today, a great number of things are possible,” he argues.

He acknowledges the ethical issues raised by advancing technology. But the transhumanist position is that modifying future generations to impact heredity is not in itself abominable.

“Why would that necessarily be a bad thing?” he asks. “There is no longer any debate on these questions. We are condemned on principle but people have forgotten why.”

Transhumanists see no reason why they cannot experiment with things that are already technically possible: retinal implants so you can see on the infra-red spectrum; cochlear implants so you can pick ultrasonic sounds.

That does not sit well with Edouard Kleinpeter, a research engineer at France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).

“Transhumanist theories rest on very materialist concepts of the body, of consciousness…,” he says. “For them, there’s no difference between a brain and a microprocessor.”

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Chinese Scientists Searching For The Human Soul Via State-Of-The-Art Brain Scanner

Technocrat scientists believe that humans are just like any other animal which are products of random evolution. Therefore, they fully expect to be able to use science to find the human soul. As atheists, they do not believe man was created by God with body, soul and spirit.  ⁃ TN Editor

Chinese scientists are developing a £100m state-of-the-art brain scanner to try and find the human soul.

They will use powerful magnetic forces to observe the structure and activities of every neuron in a living brain.

The aim is to build the world’s most powerful MRI device – which may one day be able to help answer one of life’s big questions.

The mystical soul, according to many religious, philosophical, and mythological traditions, is the true essence of a living being.

Simply stated, it is said to be the part of a person that is not physical and lives on long after the body experiences death.

The scanner “will revolutionise brain studies”, said a senior scientist working on the top secret project in Shenzhen.

The total budget for the state-backed facility will even exceed that of FAST, the world’s largest telescope in Pingtan.

“It will show us a different world with phenomenon unseen before … maybe even the soul,” one scientist told the SCMP.

“We may for the first time capture a full picture of human consciousness or even the essence of life itself,” said another physicist.

“Then we can define them and explain how they work in precise physical terms – just like Newton and Einstein defined and explained the universe,” he said.

The Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology revealed the first phase of the project has been given the green light .

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‘Humans Next’: China Has Cloned Over 20 Different Dog Breeds

With China completely given over to Technocrat thought, there is no moral or ethical barrier to human cloning, and they have bluntly stated that this is their intent. This will please the transhuman community around the world. ⁃ TN Editor

A 12-year-old schnauzer has become the latest canine to undergo the process, which involves taking a skin sample from the animal.

Wang Yinqing, who is the dog’s owner, showed off the puppy to its “father clone” name Doudou in a recently-released snap.

However, despite the dogs having the identical DNA, scientists have said they may have a different temperament as this is shaped by its upbringing.

According to Chinese news, there have now been 200 different types of dog cloned in the country.

And last month, the world came closer to carrying out mass human cloning.

Japanese experts revealed they made human egg cells from blood using a cutting-edge stem cell testing technique.

Although these eggs cannot be grown into babies as they are too immature, the research is paving the way for this type of experiment.

The team made the egg cells by using blood to create induced pluripotent stem cells, which were then inserted into artificial ovaries.

It is thought that in the future, this technique could allow infertile people to have children, as well as same-sex couples to have kids that come from both people’s DNA.

Ronald Green, a bioethicist at Dartmouth previously warned human cloning is the next step from here.

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Lab-Grown Mini-Brains Are Causing An Ethical Uproar

This is further development of President Obama’s multibillion-dollar brain-map initiative started in 2013. Just as human DNA was ‘mapped’, the BRAIN project was to probe the human brain in action and figure out exactly how it works. Driving forces behind this included Transhumanists who seek immortality through science. ⁃ TN Editor

Writing in the current online issue of the journal Stem Cells and Development, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine describe development of a rapid, cost-effective method to create human cortical organoids directly from primary cells.

Experimental studies of developing human brain function are limited. Research involving live embryonic subjects is constrained by ethical concerns and the fragile nature of the brain itself. Animal models only partially mimic or recapitulate human biology and cognitive function. Single cell studies do not capture the complexity of neural networks.

In recent years, the development of in vitro human organoids — three-dimensional, miniaturized, simplified versions of an organ produced from reprogrammed stem cells — have allowed scientists to study biological functions, diseases and treatments more realistically and in greater detail.

 

“And that includes the brain,” said Alysson R. Muotri, PhD, professor in the UC San Diego School of Medicine departments of Pediatrics and Cellular and Molecular Medicine, director of the UC San Diego Stem Cell Program and a member of the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine. “Cerebral organoids can form a variety of brain regions. They exhibit neurons that are functional and capable of electrical excitation. They resemble human cortical development at the gene expression levels.”

Muotri is among the leaders in the field, having used the “brain-in-a-dish” approach to provide the first direct experimental proof that the Zika virus can cause severe birth defects, to repurpose existing HIV drugs on a rare, inherited neurological disorder and to create Neanderthalized “mini-brains.”

But human brain organoids are difficult, time-consuming and expensive to produce, requiring sophisticated tools and know-how to first generate human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) capable of becoming almost any kind of cell from skin cells, called fibroblasts, then directing those iPSCs to differentiate into the variety of interconnected cell types that comprise an organ like the brain.

In the new paper, senior author Muotri and colleagues describe a new, rapid and cost-effective method to reprogram individual somatic cells directly into cortical organoids from hundreds of individuals simultaneously. To do so, they compressed and optimized several steps of the process so that somatic cells are reprogrammed, expanded and stimulated to form cortical cells almost simultaneously. The result is a cortical organoid that fully develops from somatic cells with only minor manipulation, Muotri said.

“What we’ve done is establish a proof-of-principle protocol for a systematic, automated process to generate large numbers of brain organoids,” said Muotri. “The potential uses are vast, including creating large brain organoid repositories and the discovery of causal genetic variants to human neurological conditions associated with several mutations of unknown significance, such as autism spectrum disorder. If we want to understand the variability in human cognition, this is the first step.”

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Shock Tech: AI To Resurrect The Dead With Human Replicas?

Technocrat engineers are obsessed with Transhumanism and conquering immortality, but this ‘breakthrough’ is little more than a technology parlor trick to imitate life after death. Before technology, we had puppets with strings, and this is no different except that it is much more realistic. ⁃ TN Editor

A model has been created by computer scientist Supasorn Suwajanakorn that allows for the generation of a real-life replicas of any human being – dead or alive.The technology uses existing photos or videos to sew together a 3D model of their face.

The more content provided allows for a better reconstruction, but it can be achieved with only a few.

Video footage shows how the technology will allow for people to speak to their passed loved ones, or even create inspiring speeches from well-known authors and lecturers.

Supasorn demonstrates the brilliance of his model with a public statement from George W Bush recited by the likes of Daniel Craig, Barack Obama, Hilary Clinton and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The unique feature of the artificial intelligence is its ability to mimic the small mannerisms of a person, such as frowns and wrinkles, by breaking each part of the face down into individual controllable segments.

This can then be blended into larger, more generic parts like the head and body, which are less personal.

But this brilliant scientific breakthrough is also causing concerns.

Supasorn is worried that in the wrong hands, fake videos misrepresenting people could soon flood the internet.

He revealed: “I am fighting against my own work, by implementing moderators to detect fake images and videos.

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North Korean Scientists Racing To Clone Super-Soldiers And Jim Jong Un

Transhumanist Ray Kurzweil of Google and North Korean tyrant Kim Jong Un have two things in common: they both want to conquer immortality and bring their fathers back to life. Moreover, North Korea has been experimenting with human cloning for at least 10 years already. With zero ethical restraints, these Technocrat scientists are free to do anything their minds can conceive. ⁃ TN Editor

Dictator Kim Jong-Un wants to create an army of super soldiers who will obey his every command. Genetic scientists have spent billions on a secret cloning programme started by Kim’s grandfather more than 30 years ago.

Now intelligence experts believe the 35-year-old tyrant wants to create perfect copies of both his father Kim Jong-il, grandfather Kim II-Sung, the founder of the modern state, and other family members – which could include himself.

MI6 believes the secretive Communist state has already cloned cats, dogs and horses – and has been experimenting on human embryos for at least 10 years.

Senior spooks working alongside the US intelligence agency the CIA have uncovered information suggesting human cloning has taken place at two secret laboratories.

One lab is based outside the North Korean capital Pyongyang and the other is thought to be on a Caribbean island.

A senior intelligence official told the Daily Star Sunday that North Korean scientists have been conducting genetic experiments on humans for years.

The source said: “Prisoners have been used in cloning and other terrible experiments for years. Kim is obsessed with human cloning. He has been attempting to grow human tissue, organs and clone embryos. He believes he can live forever by making clones of himself.

“Human cloning is very advanced on the Korean peninsular. Both the North and the South have been experimenting for decades. What we don’t know is whether they have had any success.

“Kim Jong-Un is obsessed with the idea of recreating his grandfather. He wants to bring him back to life to demonstrate to the people the enormity of his power.

“Human cloning is probably the only area of science where North Korea leads the world but it is very secret.

“Almost all of the intelligence comes from people who worked in the labs and managed to defect.

“For all we know, they may have already achieved it.”

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Cambridge: Scientists Create Artificial Embryos From Stem Cells

Research ‘breakthroughs’ are arriving at an increasing frequency as scientists peel back the genesis of life. Technocrat scientists have little concern with the legal or ethical implications of their research, and will push the envelope until it bursts apart. It is a Transhuman dream to re-engineer humanity altogether. ⁃ TN Editor

Artificial embryos built from scratch using stem cells have been created by scientists.

Researchers bypassed the act of fertilisation by growing the self-assembling structures in the laboratory.

Although the cells used came from mice, the experiment has opened up a new frontier in embryo research with major ethical implications.

Creating embryos in the lab is expected to help scientists unlock the mysteries of early human development.

However, one expert said any artificial embryos made from human stem cells would have to be the subject of an “ethical discussion”.

Attempting to create a baby from such a technique would be outlawed in the UK.

The Cambridge University team led by Professor Magdalena Zernica-Goetz had previously used two types of stem cell and a “jelly” scaffold to produce a much simpler 3D structure resembling a mouse embryo.

Now the scientists have taken a big step forward by bringing together all three stem cell types that form the basis of a fully formed embryo.

For the first time, the embryo-like structures they created were capable of “gastrulation” – the critical point at which an embryo divides into three distinct layers that determine the future fate of its cells.

Only after gastrulation can an embryo go on to develop into a viable foetus with all its tissues and organs in the right place.

Prof Zernicka-Goetz said: “Proper gastrulation in normal development is only possible if you have all three types of stem cell. In order to reconstruct this complex dance, we had to add the missing third stem cell.

“By replacing the jelly that we used in earlier experiments with this third type of stem cell, we were able to generate structures whose development was astonishingly successful.”

The artificial embryos were observed undergoing gastrulation and organising themselves into the three fundamental body layers, known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm.

Cells from the endoderm – the innermost layer – go on to form the digestive system, liver, pancreas and inner part of the lungs.

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Transhumans Look To Attend Their Own Funerals Via Computer Avatar

The transhuman fantasy of downloading their brains into a computer network persists no matter what evidence to the contrary is presented. Although Ray Kurzweil was the first high-profile technologist to popularize this, many other scientists have since jumped on the bandwagon. Transhumanism and Technocracy are the twin creations of Scientism. ⁃ TN Editor
Futurologist Dr Ian Pearson believes humans will one day be hooked up to external machines while alive to boost intelligence.

Such technology could also improve memory and sensory capacity, he added.

And the former cybernetics engineer contends that when you die, 99 per cent of “you” will still be running on a machine.

It has led the former rocket scientist to emphatically claim humans will be attending their own funerals in less than 32 years.

Dr Pearson wrote on his blog, Futurizon: “Most of my blogs about immortality have been about the technology mechanism – adding external IT capability to your brain, improving your intelligence or memory or senses by using external IT connected seamlessly to your brain so that it feels exactly the same.

“Until maybe, by around 2050, 99% of your mind is running on external IT rather than in the meat-ware in your head.”

He added: “One day, your body dies and with it your brain stops, but no big problem, because 99% of your mind is still fine, running happily on IT, in the Cloud.

“Assuming you saved enough and prepared well, you connect to an android to use as your body from now on, attend your funeral, and then carry on as before, still you, just with a younger, highly upgraded body.

“Some people may need to wait until 2060 or later until android price falls enough for them to afford one.

“In principle, you can swap bodies as often as you like, because your mind is resident elsewhere, the android is just a temporary front end, just transport for sensors.

“You’re sort of immortal, your mind still running just fine, for as long as the servers carry on running it.

“Not truly immortal, but at least you don’t cease to exist the moment your body stops working.”

His prediction comes amid a surge of warnings about the impact of robots on the human race.

Earlier this week it emerged that robot submarines are poised to take to the seas in the next five years.

Such machines – expected to be released by China – would be capable of “kamikaze attacks”, a scientist claims.

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