GROTESQUE TALES FROM THE PET SEMATARY
MONOLOGUE WRITTEN BY CLYDE LEWIS
From time to time, there are people who stand in judgment against radio and television shows that seem the blur the lines between fact and fiction. Most of the time, the criticism comes from those who cannot keep up with the many changes and discoveries that take place on a day to day basis.
For example in the Philippines, on the largest island known as Luzon, a new species has been discovered. These species are not an animal species, but a human species.
This species is known as Homo luzonensis.
The physical makeup is a fusion from ancient ancestors and recent, current-day people. This may be proof that African people left Africa and made it all the way to Southeast Asia.
When our ancestors arrived in this region, there could have been three or four human species living within this region. Now I know this is not as salacious as the Steele Dossier or some other political scandal but discoveries such as these can change the history timeline and is a monument us find for those who have a penchant for learning where we came from.
It is also important because the news about such finds may indicate that there may be proof of introgression or introgressive hybridization which is the incorporation genes and chromosomes from one entity into the gene pool of a second, divergent species.
This sounds like a more scientific way of explaining that throughout the history of our species – we may have had a little help in becoming what we are.
Yes, we don’t want to say its aliens but it is aliens.
Well, let’s just say there is a pretty big maybe with regard to that. I know that Science has a tough time copping to it but the idea is probably more complex than just having aliens plucking our hominid mothers out of Eden and mating with them. However, it most certainly has us wondering about exactly which side of the family our humanity sprang from.
Although widely accepted since the 1870s, Darwinian Evolution has begun to wane in the last quarter century due to further advances in the fields of genetics, molecular biology, and biochemistry. Now, mind you that ardent technocrats will say that the evolutionary theories and proposals go unquestioned as viable science – ideas that narrow the gap between ape and intelligent ape have been discussed.
Darwin’s theory, while being the “go to argument” for survival of the fittest, still plays a role in discussing how we evolved, but now new discoveries are challenging this and with the prospect of the Organic Singularity mad science prevails and as we predicted the challenge of making the smarter human or the smarter monkey is underway.
For the first time, a team of Chinese scientists made use of gene-editing techniques to make monkey brains more human-like. By the end, the monkeys, rhesus macaques, got smarter and had superior memories as compared to the unaltered monkeys.
Researchers edited the human version of a gene known as ‘MCPH1’ into the macaques. The gene made the monkey’s brain develop along a more human-like timeline. The gene-hacked monkeys showed better reaction times and improved short-term memories in comparison to their unaltered peers.
The team successfully created 11 transgenic rhesus monkeys carrying human copies of MCPH1. They said that a transgenic monkey model is practical and to a large extent can imitate the human-specific status.
So we see that the science fiction story of Planet of the Apes can be achieved and we will build the more human version of our hairy cousins – Darwin would be shocked by this tampering of evolution.
But for those of us who see the pattern, we know where this is heading. We know that in the quest for consciousness scientists are looking into behavioral controls for future soldiers and to also cure diseases like Alzheimer’s.
Last month a team of scientists affiliated with Elon Musk’s Neuralink project published a paper identifying a new technique for inserting probes into brains. The study was published in a journal called BioRxiv, and according to Bloomberg, all five of its authors have been associated with Nueralink. It was noted at the end of the study that the research was funded through a DARPA Contract.
The team is developing this technique in hopes of building technology that is capable of monitoring brain activity. The study has been deemed “the ‘sewing machine’ for minimally invasive neural recording,” since the technique works sort of like a sewing machine.
“Here, we demonstrate the feasibility and scalability of this approach with a system incorporating fine and flexible thin-film polymer probes, a fine and stiff insertion needle, and a robotic insertion machine. Together the system permits rapid and precise implantation of probes, each individually targeted to avoid observable vasculature and to attain diverse anatomical targets,” the study says.
In the study, researchers implanted arrays of electrodes in the brains of rats and then recorded their responses.
An alarming detail of the study is that the procedure was carried out by none other than a robot.
“Because the whole insertion process is automated and the robot can move quickly, per-thread insertion times were quite short. Indeed, other than the needle insertion, which is performed at 0.1-2 mm/s, robot movements are rapid, up to 100 mm/s. This allows for the per-thread insertion cycle times of less than 9 seconds. Such rapid insertion allows for large numbers of electrodes to be inserted in a practical surgical timeframe,” the study indicated.
There have been many critics who are unsettled by the experiments but the study has ensured that the process will not be carried out on humans.
The researchers noted that the procedure caused injuries in lab rats and did not seem durable for long term use. It actually caused huge lesions in the rats and some of the rats bled to death because the robots accidentally stabbed a larger blood vessel by accident.
The research team is reportedly working to perfect the process and will hopefully minimize these dangers over time.
But eventually, humans will have to test the probes because they are supposed to act as a “digital layer above the cortex,” which will achieve a “symbiosis with artificial intelligence.”
That means that it is unavoidable we will eventually achieve the mind meld with machines and we will be sharing the planet with evolved apes that ride horses, hunt humans and blow up the statue of Liberty.
We will all soon be the owners of monkey butler’s similar to Pogo in the TV show, Umbrella Academy.
Science is now serving as a platform for age-old alchemy that was practiced 3 centuries ago.
Many people are unaware that a theologian and alchemist named Johann Conrad Dippel, a man that was born in Castle Frankenstein, performed many experiments with human brains and was well known for his attempts at soul transference into cadavers.
He mixed animal bones and hides together in a stew he called “Dippel’s Oil,” which he claimed was an elixir that could extend the lifespan of anyone who consumed it.
There was at least one local minister apparently accused Dippel of grave robbing, experimenting on cadavers, and keeping company with the Devil. Some believe that this inspired Mary Shelley to write “Prometheus Unbound.” This was eventually was later titled “Frankenstein.” Like Prometheus, Victor Frankenstein gives life to his creation. But, unlike Prometheus, Victor does not help humanity; instead, he causes the death of his loved ones. Hence, the title “Prometheus Unbound.” The connotation of Prometheus being “unbound” suggests Shelley’s motif of uncontrolled science as dangerous.
As it was centuries ago mad science seems to be happening regardless of the slippery slope it creates as it too appears to be unbound.
Science has been playing god for some time and even though they assure us that their hearts are in a good place – some of the experiments are “frankly speaking” Frankensteinish.
Word out of Yale University is that the brains of dead pigs have been revived by scientists, hours after the animals were killed in a slaughterhouse.
There is the official media version of this story and then there is a more outrageous version of this story but either way this story is a case of Frankenswine experiments.
The official media story goes like this:
A Yale University research team is careful to say that none of the brains regained the kind of organized electrical activity associated with consciousness or awareness. Still, the experiment described Wednesday in the journal Nature showed that a surprising amount of cellular function was either preserved or restored.
The implications of this study have staggered ethicists, as they contemplate how this research should move forward and how it fits into the current understanding of what separates the living from the dead.
Now the unofficial story; meaning that the story which is probably the truth:
The pig’s brain was taken from a meat packing factory to a laboratory where it had a special chemical solution called BrainEx technology circulated through it.
During this process, many basic cellular functions, which were thought to stop and never return after death, were restored.
The scientists said they are not yet sure whether their technique could be applied to a dead human brain because the chemical solution they used for the pig lacks the necessary human components, such as blood cells.
They indicated that human experimentation is forthcoming but they stressed that any future human experimentation will be done following strict ethical guidelines and that restoring consciousness after death was not the initial goal of the project.
But the scientists had anesthetic and temperature-reducing tools while they conducted the experiment just in case consciousness was restored and they needed to ethically stop the pig’s brain from coming back to life if it began showing signs of organized electrical activity.
Top medical experts have forever been at odds over what happens when humans die, with anecdotal evidence of bright lights and flashes reported by people who have ‘come back’ being the cause of much debate.
However, a new study suggests your consciousness carries on functioning after your heart stops beating and your body movements fail.
Their haunting research suggests that we know we are dead when we die because our brains keep working to make us aware of what’s happening around us.
This means you are essentially “trapped” inside your dead body with your brain still working, if only for a short time.
Survivors of cardiac arrest were aware of what was going on around them while they were ‘dead’ before being ‘brought back to life’, the study revealed.
More surprising still, there is evidence to suggest the deceased may even hear themselves being pronounced dead by doctors.
Dr. Sam Parnia is studying consciousness after death and examining cardiac arrest cases in Europe and the US.
He says people in the first phase of death may still experience some form of consciousness.
Parnia says that people who have survived cardiac arrest later accurately described what was happening around them after their hearts stopped beating.
His study is examining what happens to the brain after a person goes into cardiac arrest – and whether consciousness continues after death and for how long – to improve the quality of resuscitation and prevent brain injuries while restarting the heart.
It still is a terrifying thought that there is consciousness waiting to get out of the body as it is trapped somewhere in the brain.
Sometimes dead is better, but not always.
A story that was featured in the Drudge Report shows that sometimes death is not always the final word. A dog named Dik, who was estimated to be 18 years old, died and was buried in a grave not far from his home in Russia.
He woke up shortly after being buried and managed to claw his way out of his shallow grave and run to safety.
He ended up at the side of the road where passers-by spotted the exhausted dog.
They scooped him up and took him to a pet shelter.
He has now been reunited with his relieved family.
But the story has caused some talk in the village, with some referring to Pet Sematary, a horror movie and book by Stephen King where buried pets return to life.
Meanwhile, Russian scientists found the body of a 42,000-year-old foal frozen in the Siberian permafrost. This foal, however, had a surprise – it had blood in it – the oldest liquid blood on record.
This is the second time that a defrosted Ice Age animal has turned out to contain liquid blood — a Mammoth was found earlier that also had blood in it.
Semyon Grigoriev and his crew extracted liquid blood from a 32,200-year-old mammoth carcass. That makes the foal’s blood the oldest ever found by 10,000 years.
Grigoriev and his colleagues are set on cloning a mammoth and other Pleistocene fauna, and they’re already trying to clone the foal, a member of an extinct species called the Lena horse. It’s a long shot, though.
Demographers estimate that before our generation roughly 100 billion people lived and died, and not one of them has returned to confirm the existence of an afterlife, at least not to the high evidentiary standards of science. This is the reality of the human condition. Memento mori, as medieval Christians reflected – remember that you have to die.
Why do we have to die? Theologians and religious believers have long had a ready-made answer: death is simply a transition from this stage to the next in a cosmic leap from the body to some indefinable heaven.
In the religious worldview, death needs no explanation other than “God wills it” as part of a deific design that will be disclosed once we get to the other side.
But does the idea of flatlining have to be so hard-lined?
As we can see, science has undertaken the grand goal of extending the human lifespan into centuries, millennia, or possibly even forever.
Ultimately, however, entropy will get us in the long run, if not the short. Although diet, exercise, and lifestyle are all good things to do to lead a long healthy life, we do not know how the body will respond to the long term wear and tear on our organic tissues.
It would not be attractive to live forever as our flesh rots on us like zombies but when we are in the business of reviving pig brains, the zombie apocalypse is not far away.