Hello Lightworkers and welcome to my April blog. This month I’ll be exploring the Neolution/Human Cloning Theory made famous in one of the most exciting shows to hit our screens ‘Orphan Black’
‘Orphan Black’ is a Canadian Science Fiction Thriller Television Series created by Screenwriter Graeme Manson and Director John Fawcett, staring Tatiana Maslany as several identical people who are clones. The Series focuses on Sarah Manning, a woman who assumes the identity of one of her fellow clones, Elizabeth Childs, after witnessing Child’s suicide. The Series raises issues about the moral and ethical implications of human cloning and its effects on issues of personal identity.
Throughout the Series we hear a lot about ‘Neolution’, Neolution is the progressive scientific organization marked by genetic meddling and physical alterations among scientific developments, set on self-directed evolution. For decades they have been secretly maneuvering the experiments on Projects Leda and Castor through Dyad, Topside and the Military.
My personal thoughts on this, is that this is happening right here, right now and is known as Transhumanism. On my research into Transhumanism I’ve found some examples of things science is using today to make this possible.
Cryonics is the high-fidelity preservation of the human body, and particularly the brain, after what we would call death, in anticipation of possible future revival and is readily available today. Proof that this can take place is when frogs were freezed solid and were later revived.
What kind of world would we be living in if at one stage we could be revived after death? Bioethicists suggest it would would cause a lot of isolation, loneliness, depression and illness.
This one I love! and has so much to explore about it...maybe in May's blog. Are we living in true reality right now or are we living in a simulation/alternate/parallel universe? A popular argument for the simulation hypothesis came from the University of Oxford Philiosppher Nick Bostrum in 2003, when he suggested that members of an advanced civilisation with enourmous computing power might decide to run simulations of their ancestors/
Some examples that we may be living in a virtual reality is that the more we learn about the Universe the more it appears that it is all based on mathematical laws and codes, much like a computers.
In life we have some major "glitches" showing up, one such glitch is deja-vu which is when something seems inexplicably familiar and that the situation has happened before, much like a scratched CD and it could be the result of a "bug" in the simulation code.
The theory of parallel worlds or the multiverse, posits an infinate number of realities with an infinate number of possibilities within them. If we are in a simulation, the multiple simulations are running at once and each simulation has its own set of variables, and this isn't random. The simulators creator plugged in different variables to test out different scenarios and observe different outcomes.
Gene Therapy replaces bad genes with good genes and can selectively knock out gene expression. It gives us unprecedented ability to manipulate our own genetic code. Over time super computers will let us simulate the changes in extreme detail and will make side effects unlikely for the typical case, but can it all go wrong and be used for darker forces? Absolutely!
An example of Gene Therapy was conducted in February 2007, a gene therapy trial was conducted in the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre in the US with three patients (about 18 years old) with a condition called Leber’s congenital amaurosis (LCA), a rare inherited eye disease. The condition appears at birth or in the first few months of life and causes progressive deterioration and loss of vision. There are currently no effective treatments available. The trial’s purpose was firstly to find out whether gene therapy for retinal disease is safe, and secondly, to find out if it can benefit vision in young adults who already have advanced retinal disease. The cells beneath the retinas of the patients were inserted, using a very fine needle, with the modified virus in a controlled retinal detachment that resolved as the vector was absorbed. No side effects were reported and all achieved levels of vision at least equivalent to before the operation, while one patient benefited from significantly improved night vision.
Mind Uploading centers around the controversial position that cognitive possessing can be implemented on substrates other than our current neurons. It is still an ongoing area of active research but has been said this can be possible in the near future and could benefit us greatly. Basically it would mean that our brains would have some sort of synthetic in it that would allow it to be uploaded to a computer thus giving the opportunity to manipulate out consciousness and make human cloning possible.
One of the main arguments against Transhumanism is that human augmentation is unnatural and against human nature. In Orphan Black, this was being used as an Evil force to create monsters that can develop abilities to destroy the world, having the same gene line would mean we would also all be the same which means we will not have free will over our own personality.
In contrast to this, it could also benefit us by increasing working memory, less illnesses and more economic.
What are your thoughts?