TRANSHUMANISM, ALCHEMY, AND GENETICSDecember 3, 2011
OK folks...over the next several weeks I am blogging a few articles for scheduled release, to give me a bit of a break during the holidays, and to facilitate the mountain of work I've got to do. So if my blogs seem dated, that is why.
That said, I was sent this link by a Facebook friend and I thought this was significant enough to pass along, and I'll say why in a few moments:
Now you've probably noticed the title of this blog is "Transhumanism, Alchemy, and Genetics," and you're probably wondering what the heck alchemy has to do with all of this. Well, believe it or not, these three themes are major themes of the book my co-author, Dr. Scott D deHart, and I just sent off to a publisher. That book is called Transhumanism: A Grimoire of Alchemical Altars and the Agenda for the Apocalyptic Transformation of Man(Feral House, in press). So what is so alchemical about the genetic engineering of a "new human species"?
Well, for starters, if you're familiar with alchemy at all, it comes in two forms: (1) exoteric alchemy, which is the one we all think of, of dark hooded pseudo-scientists bent over crucibles and beakers and flasks, trying to confect the celebrated Philosophers' Stone, a magical alloy able to turn base metals into gold, and (2) esoteric alchemy, which is the one everyone forgets about, which it to transform human consciousness itself from the "base metal" of ordinary existence, to an illumined consciousness, a transformed consciousness.
By the nature of the case, an "enhanced humanity," the humanity envisioned by the transhumanists, will inevitably bring a change of consciousness, even if only in an indirect way, for it will bring about profound changes in human society, and hence, changes in individual consciousness on a civilization-sized scale.
But let's speculate a bit. I've always maintained in various interviews and even in my books, that in the ancient metaphor (see Grid of the Gods or The Philosopher's Stone, or even the ninth chapter of The Cosmic War) that there is a direct connection to mind and the physical medium. I've even entertained the idea that human DNA acts as a kind of "conscioussness transducer", transducing, as it were, a person from the "hyper-dimensional" realm of the physical medium itself, if that makes any sort of sense. It is precisely here that the implications might be the most profound, in that genetically engineered alterations to human DNA might result in changes in human consciousness. And that means we should watch these developments with caution and circumspection.
As for our new book, Transhumanism, A Grimoire....well, let's just say, this article is just scratching the surface, and there is so much more that could be said about it.