Jeffrey Epstein remains behind bars awaiting trial for vile underage sex crimes, and the more we learn about him, the more that necessity becomes apparent.
A New York Times article details some of the wealthy financier’s bizarre pursuits and dreams, to include a hope to “seed the human race with his DNA by impregnating women at his vast New Mexico ranch.”
Multiple sources confirmed to the Times that Epstein’s goal was to have 20 women at a time impregnated at his New Mexico ranch, which would apparently not be against any laws. At this point, there is no evidence that the scheme ever was implemented.
The baby-ranch idea was apparently based on a failed effort in the late 1990s called the Repository for Germinal Choice–which was to have been a storehouse for the sperm of Nobel Prize winners, with the aim of super-charging the human gene pool.
Epstein has fancied himself a great mind and a benefactor of the scientific community … particularly interested in funding fringe pursuits.
According to many of those interviewed for the Times’ story, Epstein areas related to what is now collectively referred to as tranhumanism had a strong appeal for Epstein. Wikipedia defines the field as: “an international philosophical movement that advocates for the transformation of the human condition by developing and making widely available sophisticated technologies to greatly enhance human intellect and physiology.”
There are many opposed to transhumanism who describe it as a 21st century version of eugenics, a field that embraced the idea of controlled human breeding to advance the human race, but that was disgraced as it became associated with Nazi Germany.
Genetic engineering and artificial intelligence have long been of special interest to Epstein.
Cryonics is another field of interest to him and one that most would consider “out there.” So much so, that Epstein freely shared with others a desire to have his head and penis frozen cryogenically after his death. It’s probably not constructive to spend too much time mulling what his ambitions for future resurrection might entail.
The Times report outlined how Epstein managed to in fact insinuate himself into elite scientific circles, using his money as a lure. Those drawn into his web according to the report, included: “Nobel Prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann, who discovered the quark; the theoretical physicist and best-selling author Stephen Hawking; the paleontologist and evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould; Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and best-selling author; George M. Church, a molecular engineer who has worked to identify genes that could be altered to create superior humans; and the M.I.T. theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek, a Nobel laureate.”
Epstein threw dinner parties for invited scientists at his Manhattan mansion and lunches at Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, which he reportedly helped launch with a $6.5 million donation. He also hosted scientific conferences in the Virgin Islands and were entertained on his private island there.
Harvard cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker told the Times that some of his peers called Epstein brilliant, but he always believed him to be an “intellectual imposter.” The Times wrote:
At one session at Harvard, Mr. Epstein criticized efforts to reduce starvation and provide health care to the poor because doing so increased the risk of overpopulation, said Mr. Pinker, who was there. Mr. Pinker said he had rebutted the argument, citing research showing that high rates of infant mortality simply caused people to have more children. Mr. Epstein seemed annoyed, and a Harvard colleague later told Mr. Pinker that he had been “voted off the island” and was no longer welcome at Mr. Epstein’s gatherings.
Another scientist courted by Epstein, Jaron Lanier, recognized as a founder of virtual reality, said that he declined funding from Epstein, saying that his ideas did not qualify as science since they did not hold up to rigorous proof.
Lanier also said he got the impression that Epstein was using his scientific dinners and gatherings— where some guests were attractive women with impressive academic credentials — to screen candidates to bear Mr. Epstein’s children.
It’s important to note that many of the financier’s known scientific community connections, when contacted by the Times, condemned Epstein’s abhorrent involvement with minors.
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