One of the things that Dr. de Hart and I encountered over and over again in our research for Transhumanism: A Grimoir of Alchemical Agendas, was not only the alchemical nature of the phenomenon, but the idea of the super-soldier as being one of the goals.
I hope you caught the massive implications of what is being said in this article. First, notice the budget of $2 billion dollars being spent to realize this Frankenstein nightmare, and that's just the funding we know about. Imagine, when added to this, all the money being gleaned from black budgets and all their murky sources of "financing."
But second, notice the blatant return to a theme we heard coming out of the crazed and hoarse voices in Germany in the 1930s, and their race to create the Aryan superman, the "human" super-being bereft of normal human compassion. Consider just these two statements:
"Some of the medical feats DARPA would like to enhance are the ability of military soldiers to regrow limbs destroyed in battle."
"Scientists are researching the construction of soldiers that feel no pain, terror and do not suffer from fatigue as tests on the wiring of the human brain are furthered by Jonathan Moreno, professor of bioethics at Pennsylvania State University. Moreno is working with the DoD in understanding neuroscience."
Combining these two statements yields a being that feels no pain, and presumably no terror from the threat of death precisely because it can regrow limbs (and therefore, potentially repair any other injury). In short, one is dealing with a kind of virtual immortality, and that of a soldier.
I submit that when one loses this basic fear, in the full knowledge that no rational harm can come to it, that this being will lose normal human compassion: the temptation will be to see such a super-soldier as a sort of god. After all, the ancient gods, from Yahweh to Marduk and Errakal and Zeus, viewed a different way, were but warlords, and immortal ones at that. That this consequence - the immortal and a-moral super-soldier - seems to be in mind is evidenced in the following remark:
"While Roger Pitman , professor of psychiatry at Harvard University is experimenting with propranolol which is a beta blocker that is believed to erase “terrifying memories”, soldiers are subjected to more research while serving to alleviate the psychological effects of war. Moreno explains: 'The problem is: what else are they blocking when they do this? Do we want a generation of veterans who return without guilt?'"
What is disturbing is that the lessons of history do not seem to have been learned. What we are reading here is an immoral purpose being conceived for science; what we are reading here is Nazism's Aryan super-man, Nietzsche's Uebermensch, Stalin's "New Soviet Man," updated and made palatable, because surely it cannot happen here. After all, we are a democracy.
It is a tale as old as humanity itself, from Greece to Giza, from Babylon to the Bible, from the Vedas to Viracocha, the story is told over an over, for it too, is a lesson not of myth, but of history: for having created the ultimate creature, the gods soon learned that they had made it far too intelligent and powerful, and that it was a threat to them. DARPA appears to have read the texts, but misunderstood the lesson.
See you on the flip side.