Attack Of The Mind Parasites And Other Microscopic Delights

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“Would you offer violence to a well intentioned virus on its slow road to symbiosis?”
–William S. Burroughs, “The Electronic Revolution”

I’m going to talk about a topic that is largely anchored in matters of biology, but will at some point take a sharp left turn into the esoteric.

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Don’t Open A Chrysalis…

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…there is no cute baby butterfly in there.

Instead, the caterpillar is digesting its own body.

Instead, you’ll find a soupy mix of insect parts, as the undefined organic mass makes its murky journey, its complete and total transformation.

Instead, you’ll find a creature worthy of John Carpenter’s The Thing, worthy of the greatest “body horror” movies of all time.

Do not open a chrysalis before it is due; the caterpillar’s parts will leak out and you will kill it.

Alien Life Likely Found On The International Space Station

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Possibly inaccurate artist’s interpretation of how it all went down.

Before we start, a reminder of two things:

  1. The “big” discovery of life from other worlds might end up being literally very, very small.
  2. So-called “simple” organisms like viruses, parasites and bacteria might be far more complex than we can even imagine.

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Biohackers Are Using Mail-Order CRISPR To Alter DNA

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We want to grow as a species and maybe change as a species. Whether that is curing disease or immortality or mutant powers is up to you.
–Josiah Zayner, ODIN website

I suppose it was only a matter of time…enterprising biohackers are now using mail-order CRISPR kits to edit DNA. No need to stumble through the darknet to find the websites that sell these kits, either. The ODIN do-it-yourself CRISPR site is as easily accessible as typing in “mail-order CRISPR kit” into your search browser.

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Scientists Implant Human Brain Matter Into Rats, Creating Ethical Concerns

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Like…they are literally creating “Pinky And The Brain”…or at least the “Brain” part!

The medical magazine Stat reports that what are essentially “tiny human brains,” organoids, have been implanted into the brains of the rats—which is now sparking an ethical debate. Literally: could the rats have increased intelligence  (and/or other unforeseen consequences) as the result of the implants?

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Scientists Admit That Universe “Shouldn’t Exist” (And Yet It Does)

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Well folks, that’s pretty much it; I gotta pack it in. Respected scientists have now informed me that based on their data, the Universe (and everything) just should not exist. It all just doesn’t make any sense!, they’ve wailed. That’s it. Gotta pack it in.

As Christian Smorra, researcher at CERN, commented:

All of our observations find a complete symmetry between matter and antimatter, which is why the universe should not actually exist.

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Scientist Believes “Aliens” Are Really Robots Billions Of Years Old

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Susan Schneider of the University of Connecticut and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton has given an interesting “spin” to the the idea of extraterrestrials…she believes that “aliens” are most likely to be robots/artificial intelligence which are nearly immortal.

Schneider said:

I do not believe that most advanced alien civilizations will be biological. The most sophisticated civilizations will be postbiological, forms of artificial intelligence or alien superintelligence.

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