9.3 – THE NEXT HUMANS (5.20.16)

TRANSHUMANISM [4b]

Mountain View, California. August, 1962. At NASA’s Ames Research Center, the newly formed Division of Biotechnology and Human Research begins a study on the possibility of exploring space with technologically-enhanced humans, otherwise known as cyborgs. Ten months later, they release a report called “The Cyborg Study: Engineering Man for Space.” In it, they propose that astronauts will require artificial organs and pharmaceuticals to survive the harshest environments of deep space…as we explore beyond our solar system. While the program was quickly abandoned due to the lack of available technology, it helped usher in a new era of scientific research, focused on augmenting the human species into a new stage of evolution: the Transhuman.

“Transhumanism in the use of technology by humans, to enhance the physical, psychological, and most of all, intellectual capabilities.”

Kevin Warwick (Prof. of Cybernetics, Coventry Univ.)

“We transhumanists want to use science and technology to self-direct our evolution. There are lots of transhumanists now that don’t even consider themselves transhuman – for example, people who have pacemakers, or cochlear implants, or hip replacements. These are technologies that we’re using, and that is beyond human. “

Gray Scott (Futurist)

“The idea of there being a transhuman is actually a very old notion, and it stems from our longing for immortality, so there were attempts to extend human life.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

“Transhumanism has been thought of for a very long time, throughout mythology. From Gilgamesh’s search for immortality, to alchemy…to the search for the fountain of life. Really the quest to overcome what means to be human, to see if we can live forever, that has been the quest for a very long time.”

 – Gray Scott (Futurist)

“If we look, things like prosthetics, which are adding bits of technology on, in some way, even the Egyptians, in mummies, in tombs, have been found where they’ve had a little wooden replication of a toe. Where somebody has lost their toe, and they’ve been given this false toe. But it shows that, thousands of years ago, transhumanism, in some basic form, was being thought of.”

Kevin Warwick (Prof. of Cybernetics, Coventry Univ.)

Although the notion of modifying the body with technology has been around for thousands of years, transhumanists say the 21st century will radically change what it means to be a human…when we begin to genetically engineer an entirely new generation of humans.

April 22, 2015. Guangzhou, China. Geneticists at the Sun Yat-Sen University make history as the first team in the world to genetically modify a human embryo. Using a gene editing technique known as CRISPR-Cas9, the scientists were able to correct the gene defect that causes beta-thalassemia, a blood disease, by snipping out and replacing portions of the DNA in the fertilized egg.

“By using a new technology called CRISPR, scientists are able to actually cut into the DNA, and replace parts of the DNA with genetically-modified proteins. This allows us to literally transform who we are.”

Gray Scott (Futurist)

“When we look at DNA changing, it can be used not just to overcome problems, but to improve your looks, maybe change the color or your hair, or your eyes, or perhaps even more importantly, change your intellectual or physical abilities.”

Kevin Warwick (Prof. of Cybernetics, Coventry Univ.)

Will the modification of human embryos soon lead to a wave of what futurists call “designer babies”, children whose physical features and mental capabilities were selected by their parents? Many believe that not only is this a possibility, but that the very definition of a “parent” may soon change as well.

Gabriel Mizrahi (video footage): The UK is on its way to becoming the first country to legalize the creation of babies from three different people. And a large majority of the House of Commons voted in favor of the controversial “Three Parent In Vitro Fertilization,” or TPIVF.

“The British government officially declared it legal, so actual children have been born that have DNA from three different parents.”

David Wilcock (Author/Filmmaker),
(Author, The Source Field Investigations),
(The Synchronicity Key)

“I think it is quite possible, in the future, that it won’t be just two or three parents that the child has, but could be any number.”

Kevin Warwick (Prof. of Cybernetics, Coventry Univ.)

“That sounds like science fiction, but it’s actually something the Japanese scientists are working on right now. And what that would entail is using an artificial womb. Actually gestating the child within that artificial womb. Now, you can imagine, if we can get to this stage, it doesn’t matter who the parents are. You could have a community of people with the best genes contributing to making that child. And that is really the future that is in front of us.”

Gray Scott (Futurist)

Is it possible we could synthetically create human beings, picking and choosing genetic traits from any number of donors? Could the characteristics of a person soon be limited only by our imaginations? Ancient Astronaut Theorists say yes, and suggest an even more incredible possibility: that we are not the first to do this.

Luxor, Egypt. Here, in the Deir el-Bahari mortuary temple, lies the burial chamber of Hatshepsut, one of the only queens to ever become a pharaoh. And on the frescoed walls of this tomb is a scene portraying Hatshepsut’s conception at the hands of divine beings.

“On the walls of Queen Hatshepsut’s mortuary temple, it says that, a long time ago…the god Amon came to Hatshepsut’s mother, Ahmose, in her sleep, and with the power of God Hanum, and with the Key of Ankh in his hand, he created baby Hatshepsut. He uses the Ankh…that key-shaped tool, to give life, to create a human.”

Ramy Romany (Egyptologist)

“Any device that can give life upon something would have to appear as magical. So, you have to wonder, who were these gods that they were talking about?”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“What we have in this story is actually the immaculate conception of Hatshepsut, and it is clear that this is the story of an extraterrestrial intervention in the creation of a Star Child, Hatshepsut. So, we appear to be dealing with some sort of technology, a DNA-based technology that can manifest human bodies or alter human DNA.”

– William Henry (Author / Investigative Mythologist),
(Author, Freedom’s Gate), (The Judgment Day Device),
(Lost Secrets of the Watchers), (The Secret of Sion),
(Egypt: The Greatest Show on Earth)

Could Hatshepsut have been genetically engineered by otherworldly beings? And is it possible that humans are just now starting to unlock the incredible potential hidden within us by our extraterrestrial creators, as Ancient Astronaut Theorists propose? Perhaps further clues can be found in our own attempts, not in creating life, but in reversing death.

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