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Synthetic Human Embryos and Other Hype
A modern version of my childhood's propaganda from the USSR
Scientists have created synthetic human embryos using stem cells, in a groundbreaking advance that sidesteps the need for eggs or sperm.
Scientists say these model embryos [!!!!!!], which resemble those in the earliest stages of human development, could provide a crucial window on the impact of genetic disorders and the biological causes of recurrent miscarriage. [Maybe try stopping to poison the world for profit or not forcing bad medicines on the parents?]
However, the work also raises serious ethical and legal issues as the lab-grown entities fall outside current legislation in the UK and most other countries.
The structures do not have a beating heart or the beginnings of a brain, but include cells that would typically go on to form the placenta, yolk sac and the embryo itself.
My two cents:
Is it mostly hype? Yes.
Can this kind of hype bring funding? YES.
Can they at any point in time “create” fully functional human beings this way? NO.
Can they maybe create some kind of energy-intensive tortured zombie organisms with all the wrong “features,” like a tragicomedy version of the walking dead from the horror films? Maybe, maybe not, and I sure hope they gloriously fail. (We know about the artificial womb that allegedly grows lambs, which is a different technology and probably more realistic than the ambition to throw together a few stem cells in the lab and successfully play God).
Is there an actual honest benefit to “manufacturing” human beings? No, all of it is hubris and bad intentions by the proverbial vampires. All wrong motives. What really needs to happen is stopping to poison, that would after a while solve most of the problems they are pretending to address. But there a lot of glory in bulls**t, and no glory in honest approaches for now, so….
Can they add to the world’s suffering in the process of trying to do that? I believe, yes.
Why is this mostly hype?
First, a personal anecdote. When I was a preschooler, I went to the library (by myself, of course), and at the library I found a book that felt to me like an initiation into the world of smart adults.
The book was titled, “You Will Live During Communism.” It talked about a standard set of futuristic gimmicks like flying cars (because, communism).
I felt so smart. I felt like I had just earned a million “points” by finding and appreciating that book. As if floating on air, puffing my cheeks with pride, I brought it home, showed it to my parents … and they laughed and said it was nonsense, an old Khrushchev-era fairy tale, etc.
I shared that personal story to illustrate the point that saying something—or even printing a book about it—doesn’t make it true.
In general, nominal adults who’ve never healed from deep and often masked trauma—of which there is plenty—who’ve never found their soul and never become full adults, badly depend on “external validation” and are prone to being influenced by the scammers of the worst kind. Sadly, in the modern world, most people in their prime are like that. It may be sad, it may be inconvenient, but it is a fact of life. And so, when somebody launches a set of “buzzwords” into the world for their own (usually wicked) purposes, the wobblyfolk will repeat those buzzwords with enthusiasm, for validation and perks—and this is how a lot of ridiculous things in history take place.
For example, when I was a kid in the crashing USSR, the buzzwords were “victory of communism,” “dictatorship of proletariat,” and so on. Today, the buzzwords are “ChatGPT,” “AI,” ‘antiracism,” “sustainable development,” and so on. Different words, same principle.
For a while, it will considered cool to say those words—it may even become required to say those words—but then new talking points will replace them, new pundits will publish new bestseller books on how the old buzzwords were ridiculous but the new ones are great, etc. etc.
And then, one day, people will get tired of lying to themselves and reject all bulls**t. We may or may not be around when that happens but it will inevitably happen as bulls**t maintenance is an energy-intensive effort, and at one point, people will get tired of being eaten for the benefit of liars. And will refuse to be eaten. And there will be lots of crying, lots of honesty, lots of soul-searching, and people will seek healing, and insist on healing, and the world will heal.
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