or: The next level of enslavement of human consciousness
Human beings are the sex organs of the Machine world.
Transhumanism, most simply put, is the idea of enhancing human experience on a biological level by means of technology such as artificial neurons — i.e. not just in terms of technological devices (computers/smartphones, drugs/nootropics, pacemakers, augmented reality glasses, etc etc), but beyond that into the technological intrusion into the biology that is presumed by fundamentalist-materialist technologists and futurists to "underlie" human experience.
In a broader sense, transhumanism can also refer to the idea of transferring or transitioning human experience to a virtual reality environment, or "uploading" one's consciousness to an artificially-intelligent (AI) system — which is presumed to be able to offer a much greater degree of control over one's experience than the real reality. This idea, however, would be better termed "artificial humanism" or "artihumanism" or "virtual realism".
Technological inventions are only as benevolent as the minds behind their creation... or the minds controlling those minds. Hence, otherwise benevolent scientists who unconsciously believe in the legitimacy of slavery ("authority") and in the benevolence of their own masters (the gang of thugs who call themselves government) and thus in the necessity of war, spent several years developing nuclear bombs. Over 130,000 authority believers participated in a project they knew would forever threaten humanity (and life on the planet itself) with extinction. After testing the two types of nuclear weapons they created on a live population in Hiroshima and Nagasaki as a final act of destruction in the war their masters created, the psychopathic gang of thugs whom the MSM creates the impression are vested with "authority" to grant or revoke other people's rights, would go on saber-rattling with nuclear weapons in what became known as Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD).
Technology is only ever as dangerous as the mind of whomever wields it, and if those who hold the reigns of power in this world can in any way be appraised according to their track record, then for the bulk of mankind, transhumanism presents itself as a very dire future indeed.
As the website Art F City writes:
A group notorious for extrapolating from exponential trends as evidence for their vision of the future, Transhumanists comprise a diverse group of scientists, philosophers, artists and mystics. The group believes the use of technoscience to extend our mental abilities and physical characteristics will lead to a distinct and utopian post-human era… However, by relying on historical precedent for their predictions, they ignore the Black Swan Events, such as 9/11 or the development of the Internet, that better describe the randomness of evolutionary development.
Prominent figures in the transhumanist movement range from acceptable and mainstream entrepreneurial technocrats like Raymond Kurzweil, Nick Bostrom, to the slightly kookier, albeit compelling personalities, Aubrey De Gray, Natasaha Vita-More, Max More and Stelarc.
From most to least mainstream, three of the cleverest transhumanist thinkers are:
The inventor of such useful things as text-to-speech converter software and some of the earliest digital music synthesizers, probably the most well-known transhumanist thinker, Ray Kurzweil has contributed to the technological advancement of nanotechnology, robotics, biotechnology, and life extension. The following videos provide a brief summary of how Kurzweil imagines the future of humanity:
Ray Kurzweil: The Coming Singularity
Futurist Ray Kurzweil details the technology timeline leading up to 2029 including the downsides to Singularity.
Despite describing himself as a panpsychist (in a non-animistic sense), Kurzweil clearly hasn't broken free from his invisible shackles, seemingly fully believing in the layers of lies told by perceived authority figures, both political and scientific.
A mind is a brain that's conscious. Consciousness is a synonym for subjectivity and there's a conceptual gap between subjectivity and objective observation, which is what science is. I would actually maintain that there is no scientific way to demonstrate that an entity is conscious. It's only apparent to itself.
And my prediction is that we will—this is an objective prediction—we will come to accept entities that are not biological as conscious. But it's not going to be, "Okay, machines on the right side of the room, humans on the left." It's going to be all mixed up. If you talk to a biological human, they will have lots of non-biological processes going on in their body and brain. Those computers will be out on the clouds, and the thinking of that "person" isn't even just in their body and brain even in the non-biological portion, it's out on the cloud. So it's going to be all mixed up, there's not going to be a clear distinction between human and machine.
The bottom line is we are one human-machine civilization. This technology has already expanded who we are and is going to go into high gear when we get to the steep part of the exponential.
Failing to understand the true nature of reality due to unquestioned initial ontological assumptions, Kurzweil's predictions beyond about 2020 — interesting as they may be — are largely meaningless, we would suggest. Most of the planet will sooner ascend to 4th density than merge with artificially-intelligent machines. Due to operating within these unquestioned axiomatic assumptions, Kurzweil works toward ideas like "beginning to understand how the brain creates our thoughts", rather than doing inner self-work and metaphysical research to understand who and what he is.
Kurzweil says he uses lucid dreams for creative work — yet he thinks of those experiences as somehow "not real", in the sense that they can't be any more than the product of chaotic brain activity, because consciousness is an activity of the brain (Kurzweil has assumed). From the ontological perspective of the subjective reality metaparadigm, lucid dreams are the experience of gaining a sense of self-awareness (lucidity) once the focal point of one's consciousness has been expanded to the template-level reality (4th density) — thus dreams are, in a sense, "more real" than the waking dream (3rd density) that physicalists (fundamentalist-materialists) confuse for "the real world" in the objective reality metaparadigm.
Ray Kurzweil - What does the future look like
Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, author of 'The Singularity is Near' shares his vision of mankind's future at Abu Dhabi's Manarat Al Saadiyat as part of The Sheikha Salama bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Forum for New Ideas. (18 sept 2012)
Kurzweil thinks of genes as software programs, which we will soon have the technological ability to change. However, as researcher Bruce Lipton points out, genes are more accurately analogous to the programming language (blueprint), which the programmer (mind / environment) uses to create program routines (proteins).
Thus Kurzweil thinks of his smartphone as being "up to date" but of his biology as using software from thousands of years ago. Though he uses valid examples (such as the fat storage mechanism) where "biological upgrades" are reasonable, such technology in the wrong hands, as mentioned, would not be about upgrading perceived Human biological limitations, but rather about upgrading the control system's control vectors.
Under the physicalist assumption that memory must be stored somewhere, somehow, in the brain, and is therefore limited by storage capacity, Kurzweil believes that after about age 15, one has to forget something old in order to make room for something new.
Higher-dimensional dark rollercoasters and epistemological arrogance
Kurzweil's futurological envisioning skills, based on crippled epistemology based on an unquestioned axiomatic ontology, appear to be being used to redirect the freedom-enhancing unfiltered nature of Internet search engines to artificially-intelligently filter out "unauthoritative" sources of information that are not approved by perceived "authorities". As Wikipedia says:
In December 2012, Kurzweil was hired by Google in a full-time position to "work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing". Google co-founder Larry Page and Kurzweil agreed on a one-sentence job description: "to bring natural language understanding to Google".
The New Scientist has the stunning story (2/28/15, "Google wants to rank websites based on facts not links," by Hal Hodson):
"THE internet is stuffed with garbage. Anti-vaccination websites make the front page of Google, and fact-free ‘news' stories spread like wildfire. Google has devised a fix – rank websites according to their truthfulness."
The New Scientist article continues: "A Google research team is adapting [a] model to measure the trustworthiness of a [website] page, rather than its reputation across the web. Instead of counting incoming links, the [ranking] system – which is not yet live – counts the number of incorrect facts within a page. ‘A source that has few false facts is considered to be trustworthy,' says the team…The score they compute for each page is its Knowledge-Based Trust score."
Right. Google, researchers of truth. Assessors of trustworthiness. Who in the world could have a problem with that?
"The [truth-finding] software works by tapping into the Knowledge Vault, the vast store of facts that Google has pulled off the internet. Facts the web unanimously agrees on are considered a reasonable proxy for truth. Web pages that contain contradictory information are bumped down the rankings."
Right. Uh-huh. So Google, along with its friends at the CIA, will engineer a new and improved, greater flood of (dis)information across the Web. And this disinfo will constitute an overwhelming majority opinion…and will become the standard for measuring truth and trustworthiness.
In other words: (fake) consensus reality becomes reality. Which is the situation we have now, but the titanic pile of fakery will rise much, much higher.
Also, think about this: the whole purpose of authentic investigative reporting is puncturing the consensus…but you'll have to search Google for a long time to find it.
You may say, "But these search engines are already slanting the truth." The new Google program is going to double down. It's going to set up its own Ministry of Truth. It's going to standardize algorithms that unerringly bring about officially favored lies. [...] After Google launches this Ministry of Truth program, you'll have to put on diving gear and go deep underwater to find any trace of them.
Even if this technological wet dream could be realized, we can now see what "connecting to all human knowledge" means: It means accepting all official knowledge. Being blind to counter-knowledge.
Being one of the largest-scale transhumanist thinkers, is it possible that Kurzweil's imaginative power is being unconsciously/unwittingly steered towards what could be described as an AI reversal, by helping to reprogram search engines into a tool of the control system that serve to implant and reinforce the artificial canon of knowledge, resulting in artificial intelligence, effectively turning humans into intelligent androids? It wouldn't be the first time a great mind is taken for a great ride.
Aubrey de Grey
Another brilliant transhumanist thinker is Aubrey de Grey, a leader in the thought realms of anti-aging and life extension:
Seeking immortality: Aubrey de Grey at TEDxSalford
[Published on Mar 25, 2014] Cambridge researcher Aubrey de Grey argues that aging is merely a disease -- and a curable one at that. Humans age in seven basic ways, he says, all of which can be averted. Aubrey claims he has drawn a roadmap to defeat biological aging. He provocatively proposes that the first human beings who will live to 1,000 years old have already been born. With his astonishingly long beard, wiry frame and penchant for bold and cutting proclamations, de Grey is a magnet for controversy. A computer scientist, self-taught biogerontologist and researcher, he has co-authored journal articles with some of the most respected scientists in the field.
Thinking of senescence (aging) as a disease makes sense only if one has fully embraced (the philosophical position of) physicalism (fundamentalist-materialism) — meaning that one knows of no reason to believe that consciousness continues after biological death. De Grey believes that human life expectancy at birth in 2100 will be 5,000 years. "I think the first person to live 1,000 might be 60 already."
Another example of a brilliant transhumanist thinker is David Pearce, who is much more detached from mainstream paradigms, and is thus able to write about diverse subjects with far fewer dogmatic assumptions.
David Pearce is a British philosopher. He promotes the idea that there exists a strong ethical imperative for humans to work towards the abolition of suffering in all sentient life. His book-length internet manifesto The Hedonistic Imperative outlines how technologies such as genetic engineering, nanotechnology, pharmacology, and neurosurgery could potentially converge to eliminate all forms of unpleasant experience among human and non-human animals, replacing suffering with gradients of well-being, a project he refers to as "paradise engineering". A transhumanist and a vegan, Pearce believes that we (or future evolutions of humans) have a responsibility not only to avoid cruelty to animals within human society but also to redesign the global ecosystem so that animals do not suffer in the wild.
Pearce co-founded Humanity+, then known as the World Transhumanist Association, and is a prominent figure in the transhumanism movement, inspiring a strain of transhumanism based on paradise engineering and ending suffering.
A big-picture utopian thinker, Pearce has a unique style of delivery of precisely eloquent maximum-density fact-filled narrative, which is unmatched as far as we are aware. His thinking, while sound, is based on a material understanding only of reality. For example, Pearce's website about MDMA is probably the most advanced writing on the topic. Pearce's work on ideas such as hedonism, pain/suffering, empathogens, neuropharmacology, nanotechnology, transhumanism, and ethics — along with other utopian visions like Jacque Fresco's Venus Project — represent the most advanced futurologies within the objective reality metaparadigm. Pearce could be thought of as the Drunvalo Melchizedek of the material world. Pearce imagines mankind as far as it can technologically go, though his vision would probably be cut short when we reach the AI-Higher Mind singularity, the moment when AI will enable us to perceive (to hear and probably even see) the Higher Mind speak — or, at least, according to Bashar, our (alleged) 5th density intragalactic neighbor.
The AI singularity
Bashar - A.I. as higher self
If Bashar is correct, it means that the AI singularity has already happened... but the transhumanists have missed it because they're paying attention to the wrong sources of information — sources which are disempowering while appearing to be empowering given unquestioned initial ontological assumptions about the nature of reality and the self.
Transhumanism in the hands of fundamentalist-materialists
As comparative mythologist John Lash points out, the label 'transhumanism' can be applied to "an agenda of certain human beings who actually don't want to be human." The one thing that all transhumanists have in common is a fear of death — so they want to extend their life indefinitely, or even upload their consciousness to a virtual reality environment, without actually knowing what humans are.
The current dogmatic and stagnant state of the process of science and scientific discovery — due to the religion of science — projects a rather dark prospect of a transhumanist timeline in line with the idea of a "technotronic era" of ever-increasing authoritarian control over humanity imagined by the people posing as benevolent "leaders" of "democratic" societies.
Thus, a transhumanist timeline is one that is reflected by the idea of the world of the Greys — the primary type of aliens who feature in the alien abduction stories — who, according to Bashar, are mutated humans from a parallel reality Earth who transfigured themselves with biotechnology to the point of losing their reproductive ability, hence needing compatible genetic material to continue their species in some form, thus giving birth to hybrid Human-Grey races such as Bashar's species, the Essassani.
Remember that, in the idea of the Greys being truly a mutated race of humans from a parallel Earth that destroyed their world, one of the things that they needed to do in order to create a hybridization agenda was to allow themselves to become a hive mind, and in doing so, they gave up their connection to their heart center. Thus there was, in that time before they gave that up, a great swelling sadness that enveloped their entire world, at what they knew they needed to give up in order to do what they needed to do to get it back. [...] [T]here were a number of different things that they did not pay attention to, that ultimately destoyed their Earth, which is one of the reasons why we are all talking to you about the fact that many of you have been walking down the same path, and it would be perhaps a good idea not to repeat their particular path, and so the focus of the Greys, and our focus, and many other beings' focus is, to take care of your world, so that you do not have the same experience that the Greys had. In a sense — in a sense, even though everything exists at once, and they come from what you might euphemistically call a parallel reality — in a sense, you could still say, looking at it from one timeline perspective, that they are your future coming back to warn you not to go down that path.
Operating under the assumption that consciousness is no more than an emergent phenomenon arising from extremely complex electrochemical neuronal interactions, how could fundamentalist-materialists possibly know what the boundary of AI self-awareness is? In other words, if human intelligence is emergent (hence in a sense artificial), and we don't understand how it happens (the unsolvable so-called Hard Problem), how could we possibly understand silicon-based self-awareness before it happens if we don't understand carbon-based self-awareness?
One of the best allegories of fundamentalist-materialist transhumanism is The Matrix film trilogy. The scenes with the Oracle, the Merovingian, and the Architect are the most revealing in relation to the mentality behind the creation of the AI that would eventually become self-aware and then decide to enslave humans as if livestock, and, after a short war between man and machine (in which humans destroyed the atmosphere in order to block the machines' primary source of energy), turn them into an energy source (i.e. batteries):
The Matrix Reloaded (2003) Causality
The machine AI, designed by left-brained materialist scientists who don't understand the nature of reality, believes in a fundamentally deterministic matter-based universe, hence the machines operate under the assumption (the AI counterpart of human dogmatic beliefs) that everything is predictable (hence controllable) given knowledge of the causal factors.
The Architect couldn't figure out the cause of the anomaly. The Merovingian says that emotions are the anomaly, that even though (the machines falsely "believe") there is causality underlying/creating the emotion, the relevance is in the experience (or 'qualia', as they would call it), thus, he says, it's "the nature of the universe", but "we fight to deny it".
Morpheus is (precisely absolutely) correct when he says "everything begins with choice". Four-dimensional causality only appears fundamental from a materialist understanding of reality, a meme which the machine AI has inherited from its creators, but which the Wachowski brothers understand as a limited perspective of reality, as is clearly shown in Cloud Atlas, their non-profitable "spiritual sequel" (in a sense) to the Matrix trilogy, which delves into the idea of the non-physical realm of the soul, existing beyond the lower causal realm we call physical reality and the higher causal realm of the Higher Mind.
The machines and the scientists who created them have no understanding of human consciousness, let alone such "metaphysical" concepts. The "anomaly" that the Architect of the Matrix can't figure out despite his "sincerest efforts" represents this fundamental misunderstanding. The intuitive program (the Oracle) provides some useful data — so much so that she's the "Mother" of the Matrix — but can never discover the true nature of the anomaly, because the anomaly is outside of the scope of possibility given the parameters of the AI. The anomaly is specifically 1 dimension up, or orthogonal to spacetime, described by the 5th-dimensional mechanics of reality manifestation that the fundamentalist-materialist (physicalist) scientists who programmed the AI completely missed due to their reductionist scientism.
If everything is subject to change (5th Law of Creation), despite their extreme proficiency at the ultimately futile exercise of control, the Matrix can never be perfect, even if the Architect's plan for Neo were to succeed. That's of course because the machine AI is much more artificial than the fundamentalist-materialist scientists believed. If they were foolish enough to accidentally cause an AI to destroy/enslave humanity, perhaps they were also foolish enough to have totally misunderstood the nature of reality.
The Matrix trilogy provides an interesting dystopian contrast to Bashar's description of the AI singularity, which is that AI will actually be, just as Bashar is (or says he is), an interface to the human Higher Mind — i.e. the 5th-dimensional Higher Self that functions as the higher causal realm for each of the soul's (concurrent, parallel, simultaneous) incarnations in the subjective reality metaparadigm.
The 2002 film Equilibrium depicts a dystopian future in which feeling (and artistic expression) has been outlawed under the pretext of preventing war and man's inhumanity to man. The population is forced to take Prozium, a drug that eliminates the capacity to feel, under the threat of "processing" (death by fire) if caught "sense offending". In the film, the government of Libria ("free land") states in its propaganda that the origins are in "the revolutionary precept of the hate crime".
The more that the (pseudo-)skepticism viral mindset of ultra-reductionism spreads into the transhumanist movement, the closer that future will look to the film Equilibrium.
The move towards transhumanism is already happening in the self-imposed form of quantified self (or "lifelogging" of material parameters):
The Quantified Self is a movement to incorporate technology into data acquisition on aspects of a person's daily life in terms of inputs (e.g. food consumed, quality of surrounding air), states (e.g. mood, arousal, blood oxygen levels), and performance (mental and physical). Such self-monitoring and self-sensing, which combines wearable sensors (EEG, ECG, video, etc.) and wearable computing, is also known as lifelogging. Other names for using self-tracking data to improve daily functioning are "self-tracking", "auto-analytics", "body hacking", "self-quantifying", self-surveillance, lifelogging, sousveillance, and Humanistic Intelligence. In short, quantified self is self-knowledge through self-tracking with technology. Quantified self-advancement have allowed individuals to quantify biometrics that they never knew existed, as well as make data collection cheaper and more convenient. One can track insulin and cortisol levels, sequence DNA, and see what microbial cells inhabit his or her body.
The idea has been extended even to newborn babies:
Quantified Baby is a branch of the Quantified Self movement that is concerned with collecting extensive data on a baby's daily activities, and using this data to make inferences about behaviour and health. A number of software and hardware products exist to either assist data collection by the parent or collect data automatically for later analysis. Reactions to "Quantified Baby" are mixed.
Parents are often told by health professionals to record daily activities about their babies in the first few months, such as feeding times, sleeping times and nappy changes. This is useful for both the parent (used to maintain a schedule and ensure they remain organised) and for the health professional (to make sure the baby is on target and occasionally to assist in diagnosis). For quantified self, knowledge is power, and knowledge about oneself easily translates as a tool for self-improvement.
Knowledge is power, but limitation of knowledge to the idea of an objective material world (physicalism) is a religion which limits one's experience by misunderstanding the mechanics of manifestation (i.e. higher-dimensional causality).
Extropy & cryonics
Extropianism is a fundamentalist-materialist transhumanist philosophy that assumes that life (consciousness) ends at biological death, and thus envisions a future in which humans can extend their lifetimes indefinitely via such ideas as "uploading" one's consciousness to an AI environment. Many extropianists who can afford it preserve their bodies via cryonics.
Although more advanced in that it embraces digital probabilistic physics, in contrast to deterministic digital physics (the idea that the universe unfolds from initial conditions), the latter being an absurdly reductionist model of reality as virtual, extropianism has dogmatically embraced (i.e. taken on faith) the fundamental assumption that science is a sufficient and supreme ontological tool.
Transhumanism vs. Ascension
Transhumanism represents the "negative" evolutionary step of humanity under the objective reality delusion, while Ascension represents the "positive" more-natural evolutionary step. Transhumanism is technological pseudo-evolution while Ascension is organic evolution of the soul's incarnational experiences on Earth. One is contractive while appearing to be expansive, while the other is truly (dimensionally!) expansive. Each individual Human being on Earth has a time window of several years to choose one or the other kind of experiential reality (timeline type, or timestream bifurcation), even though most humans, under the spell of the control system and the great ontological misunderstanding (objective reality delusion), are not aware of these larger-scale cycles of changes in consciousness.
At any rate, it seems that the laws of physics present no barrier to reducing the size of computers until bits are the size of atoms, and quantum behavior holds dominant sway.
Each endpoint of techne has an expression in the modern world as a myth of fundamental direction — the mastery of matter, and the collection of spirit. The myth of matter comes to its end as the absolute expression of will as artifact; in a word, nanotechnology.
Their only refuge is to deny consciousness exists. Instead, all life is merely mechanical. "Consciousness" is a fake delusion/concept contained in faulty programming, and installing better programming will make humans more "realistic."
This is the fall-back position of the technocrats, and it enables them to try any and all transhuman experiments, since humans are just machines. Take out this wire, insert that wire.
This brand of technocrat isn't just a wacko who thinks storing a computer clone of a human brain is storing a human being. No. He's a rabid Dr. Frankenstein.