Beyond Human By Pete Garcia "But the Lord came down to see the city and…
By Pete Garcia
Deep in the bowels of Silicon Valley, California, a secret project is underway. But this is no ordinary endeavor. It wasn’t a bunch of rich old men LARPING about as cloak-hooded members of a secret Owl society, chanting so-called forbidden spells and mastering secret handshakes. No, these were serious men with serious intentions who put their money where their mouths were. They began funding serious scientific efforts to unlock the secrets of immortality through both the human genome project as well as using increasingly advanced computer technology to do it. Who they are and what are they doing? Well, you’d recognize some of the names. Jeff Bezos (Amazon). Peter Thiel (PayPal). Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Google). Their goal is to break the code on immortality. The name of said quest?
“The Gilgamesh Project”
“How long will the Gilgamesh Project – the quest for immortality – take to complete? A hundred years? Five hundred years? A thousand years? When we recall how little we knew about the human body in 1900, and how much knowledge we have gained in a single century, there is cause for optimism. Genetic engineers have recently managed to double the average life expectancy of Caenorhabditis elegans worms. Could they do the same for Homo sapiens?
Nanotechnology experts are developing a bionic immune system composed of millions of nano-robots, who would inhabit our bodies, open blocked blood vessels, fight viruses and bacteria, eliminate cancerous cells and even reverse ageing processes. A few serious scholars suggest that by 2050, some humans will become a-mortal (not immortal, because they could still die of some accident, but a-mortal, meaning that in the absence of fatal trauma their lives could be extended indefinitely). ― Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
The name “Gilgamesh” is an interesting one. It is referring to the mythological King of the Uruk, who (circa 2300BC). According to the mythos, Gilgamesh was the King of Uruk who began a long journey to the underworld in order to discover the secret of immortality. He returned back to his kingdom empty-handed finally understanding that no man is immortal. The current project ‘Gilgamesh’ is an attempt to reenact that mythological journey by using science to finally discover the genetic fountain of youth. But with the “fountain of youth” remaining elusive for millennia, could science and technology finally overcome what its predecessors (religion and magic) could not?
Modern man, having discovered Deoxyribonucleic acid in the early 1950s, began to realize just how complicated mankind was. Sadly, if Charles Darwin had known about DNA in the 1850s, he would have burned his own book (On the Origin of Species) in a barrel at just how laughably simplistic his ideas were. Nevertheless, as with everything else man does, what began as discovery, soon came tinkering. By the 1990s, we could both edit DNA with CRISPR, as well as clone DNA as in the case with “Dolly the Sheep.” These two watershed scientific events, as well as the rapid advancements with the internet, computer processing speed, and the development of Artificial Intelligence supercharged the race toward discovering the path to immortality.
The first of these “immortality” projects debuted in the year 2000 and was called the “Methuselah Foundation,” after Noah’s grandfather of the same name who lived to the ripe old age of 969 years old. This organization awarded grants and awards to numerous scientific start-ups and established scientific academic organizations that worked on all aspects of longevity, organ replacement and replication, and cross-species experimentation. From the Methuselah Foundation, came several sub-organizations that focused on several different things.
– New Organ Alliance
– Organ Preservation Alliance
– Supercentenarian Research Foundation
– SENS Research Foundation
SENS: According to the organization site, its goal is to “help build the industry that will cure the diseases of aging”. It funds research and uses outreach and education in order to expedite the various regenerative medicine research programs that go together to make the SENS project. The foundation also conducts its own student program SRF Education. (Source)
Thus, Project Gilgamesh, like SENS, endorses a probability-based theory of aging — that growing old is often the result of the entropic deterioration of organic systems. Concrete theories focusing on how human beings get old, enhance the point that growing older is an inherent characteristic of biological systems — i.e. ‘programmed’ inside the genome of the organism. SENS program supports the idea that the fundamental progress of getting older is a result caused by harm accumulation of various sorts. This system categorizes those kinds of damage under seven distinct types — the so-called ‘the Seven deadly things’. Those Seven deadly aspects are diagnosed as:
1. death-resistant cells
2. cell loss without alternative
3. genetic and epigenetic mutations
4. mitochondrial DNA harm
5. extracellular cross-linking
6. extracellular junk accumulation
7. intracellular junk accumulation
On the other hand, project Gilgamesh evaluates the fundamental concept of SENS that aging is mostly the result of harm accumulation. Gilgamesh Project examines aging process within the evolutionary context, it also adopts theories of aging via programming. The distinguishing function mission Gilgamesh intends to clarify is the approach that growing old elimination is closely reliant on molecular restore nanotechnology and the precept of minimal interference. Moreover, Gilgamesh Project emphasizes that developments regarding protein’s layout along with drug enforcement and wise organic structures (together with DNA computing) will open up the way for more state-of-the-art nanotechnology. (Source)
But what would you expect from scientists, academia, and rich capitalists who believe we evolved from apes? For them, this “Frankenstein” technology is the next great evolutionary leap forward. Furthermore, this is only what we know. There are rumors that other nefarious actors have gotten into the business of trying to resurrect the actual Nimrod (whom the epic of Gilgamesh is modeled after).
For what purposes exactly, we don’t know. It could very well be that this is code for something else, but it seems odd doesn’t it? Why use this (above) as the code if they were truly trying to hide their intentions rather than draw attention to it? Thus, it appears that mankind is not only racing to embrace the days of Noah and Lot but of Babel as well. The last time mankind was united in purpose, it did not turn out too well for us.
“But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.” – Genesis 11:5-9