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Milieu Member Paul McGuire
In his intellectually robust article, “Secularizing Demons: Fundamentalist Navigations in Religion and Secularity,” S. Jonathon O’Donnell lays down the gauntlet on what he categorizes as a loose-knit group of post-evangelical intellectuals and best-selling authors led by author, theologian, and founder of SkyWatch TV, Tom Horn, whom O’Donnell suggests blends “post-apocalyptic thinking, transhumanism, and the Bible’s discussion of the reality of a personal evil led by Lucifer.”
O’Donnell calls this group “The Milieu,” which is a name borrowed from a category of French organized criminal groups that once operated from Paris, France. In a very real sense, O’Donnell’s use of the term “The Milieu” is an excellent choice for Horn, who, by implication, is the intellectual and theological “godfather” of this eclectic group of authors, speakers, video producers, television and radio broadcasters, and social media entrepreneurs who collectively reach over one hundred million globally.
As the author of this chapter, I would like to establish the fact that I was raised in an atheistic, intellectual, and humanistic home in New York City, where, beginning as a young child, I was exposed to endless discussion and debates among my parents’ humanistic friends who were artists, writers, scientists, and intellectuals.
I was taught at an early age that Christianity was a religion for ignorant and superstitious people who were “anti-joy,” “anti-life,” and “anti-sex.” The two books I read in third grade and thoroughly understood were Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and 1984 by George Orwell. These became two of the most influential books in my life. At about the age of ten, I decided that I wanted to become either a nuclear physicist (after I read a book on Albert Einstein), or an oceanographer (after I read the writings of Jacques Cousteau, a religiously tolerant, but bold, humanist).
I also read the works of Erich Fromm, Dr. Milton Erickson, B. F. Skinner, Frederic Nietzsche, Jean Paul Sartre, Dr. John von Neumann, Dr. John C. Lilly, Abraham Maslow, R. D. Laing, Sigmund Freud, and others. I was a huge reader of science fiction from authors like Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein, and became self-educated in neurological science, psychology, consciousness, biology, physics, and other disciplines.
I attended the University of Missouri, where I majored in filmmaking and a new field of psychology called “altered states of consciousness.” All through this time, I was militantly anti-Christian, as my observations of American Christianity led me to believe it was a religion of fools, and I saw no reality in what Christians claimed to believe versus how they acted and what their one-dimensional culture produced. I very much agreed with the essay, “Why I Am Not a Christian” by Bertrand Russell based on a talk he gave on March 6, 1927, at the National Secular Society.
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A Committed Young Transhumanist
Without even being aware of the term, I was a young but committed transhumanist. Although the childhood experiments I conducted certainly would not have passed the rigors of a truly scientific method, they were an awkward attempt to prove the beginning of a childhood belief in transhumanism.
First, while I was in junior high school, I decided to conduct some amateur cryonics experiments involving freezing plants. I had read articles about cryonics, cryogenics, and about how certain very wealthy people were freezing their bodies in highly secure underground facilities so they could be brought back to life in the future when the technology had been perfected to, in a sense, “resurrect” them.
In high school, after reading Huxley’s Heaven and Hell and The Doors of Perception, I embarked on an amateur scientific experiment with a fellow honor student whose father was a medical doctor. The two of us replicated Huxley’s experiments in consciousness, which involved experimenting with the psychedelic drugs mescaline and LSD. Although the term “transhumanism” was not part of the lexicon at this time, the purpose of my experiment was to see if psychotropic drugs could enhance human intelligence and perception, and raise our consciousness to a superior level based on the works of Huxley and Harvard University Professor Dr. Timothy Leary. Leary developed a transhumanist and future philosophy that he summed up in the phrase “S.M.I2.L.E.,”—“Space Migration, Increased Intelligence, Life Extension.”
In Transhumanist Plus, author Michael Garfield wrote an article titled, “The Psychedelic Transhumanists.” He studied the various kinds of transhumanism visionaries such as computer scientists, genetic engineers, and what he terms “The Psychedelic Transhumanists,” like the late Dr. Leary, who predicted the convergence of psychedelics, technology, and pharmacology, along with enhancing human intelligence through drugs and computer technology.[i]
Another person I began studying in high school was Dr. John C. Lilly, an American physician, neuroscientist, psychoanalyst, “psychonaut,” and the author of such books as Programming and Metaprogramming in the Human Biocomputer: Theory and Experiments and The Center of the Cyclone.
When I was attending the University of Missouri and majoring in “altered states of consciousness” and filmmaking, I attempted to duplicate Lilly’s experiments by constructing my own sensory-deprivation chamber in a secure, soundproof room that shut out all sensory input like light and sound, where I would float in body temperature water and attempt to achieve what Lilly called a satori state of consciousness to develop super-intelligence.
I remember reading that, in 1934, Lilly had also read Huxley’s Brave New World, and he observed that Huxley had written about the use of drugs and the links between chemical processes and subjective experiences of the mind. Lilly’s maxim was: “In the province of the mind what one believes to be true, either is true or becomes true within certain limits. These limits are to be found experimentally and experientially. When so found these limits turn out to be further beliefs to be transcended. In the province of the mind there are no limits.”
In The Human Biocomputer in 1974, Lilly wrote: “For the first time I began to consider that God really existed in me and that there is a guiding intelligence in the universe.”
The 1980 movie, Altered States, starring William Hurt was based on Lilly’s work, as was the 1973 movie The Day of the Dolphin starring George C. Scott. When Lilly referred to “God,” he wasn’t necessarily referring to the Christian God, but rather to his contact with highly intelligent entities. Lilly believed that both the Christian God and these entities were beliefs to be transcended, and that beyond that there was some kind of god in the universe, not yet defined.
Dr. Leary, Ken Kesey, and Huxley all referred to some type of mystical force or higher consciousness when they used psychedelic drugs. Ironically, their books and practices opened the doors of perception in my own mind about the reality of some kind of god, which at that time would have involved higher consciousness. The psychedelic transhumanists and many leaders in the humanist movement were no longer traditional humanists in the sense that they entered a kind of religious mysticism.
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The Search for Truth
In my search for truth about life’s existence years earlier, at the age of 15, I had joined the “peace, love, sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll” counterculture of the early 1970s. However, I slowly began to perceive inconsistencies in humanistic revolution regarding the love and compassion it claimed to have for mankind versus the reality.
I also became increasingly aware of the lack of scientific, empirical evidence regarding many things that humanism claimed to be true. On one hand, I found Christianity repulsively anti-intellectual, but on the other, I noticed an increasing rejection of the scientific method and empirical evidence and a lack of reason among certain humanist beliefs.
For example, I became part of the counterculture of the 1970s in the belief that mankind and the world could evolve into a one-world planetary government through scientific higher consciousness in which things like love, compassion, and peace would prevail. I thought mankind through science and human enhancement of intelligence through drugs and technology would enable us to transcend wars caused by nationalism and the independent nation-state, and that through science we could end poverty, hunger, and disease.
However, through my numerous interactions with leaders of the counterculture, I saw intense selfishness, power struggles, and a lack of love and compassion. During this time, I demonstrated with radical activist Abbie Hoffman and spoke to Kesey, author of One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, in Central Park. Kesey volunteered to take LSD through a government program run through the Stanford Research Institute.
I was with Dr. Leary, the Harvard University professor who promoted LSD, in the East Village. As I will explain later, at this time in my life I didn’t understand that the CIA was working with British intelligence and was financing people like Kesey, Dr. Leary, Dr. Lilly, and others. This is why both Kesey and Dr. Leary were able to get their hands on hundreds of thousands of doses of LSD to distribute freely through Kesey’s “Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test” and Grateful Dead concerts. Despite Dr. Leary’s involvement in distributing unlimited doses of LSD, neither of these men ever got serious jail time.
Ominously, LSD was the drug used by Nazi scientists who experimented with people being programmed through mind control to become Manchurian Candidates, assassins, and beta-programmed sex slaves in the CIA’s MKULTRA program. The question that should be asked is why a handful of men like Huxley, Dr. Leary, Kesey, and others collectively distributed millions of doses of LSD and turned on the counterculture to sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll. The other primary components of mind control revolve around pain or intense shock, drugs, and hypnosis—often produced through repetitive music with subliminal and hypnotic lyrics.
When you combine the shock and pain of millions of Americans seeing their friends come home dead from the Vietnam War, the television footage of bombings, napalm, and death, along with President John F. Kennedy getting his head blown off while in an open convertible with his wife, Jackie, in Texas, and the bloody Charles Manson killings, you have injected massive psychic pain and shock into the American consciousness. Then consider the most powerful mind-control drug known to mankind like LSD, and the hypnotic and subliminal lyrics of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, the Doors, and other rock ’n’ roll groups, and you’ll get a glimpse of what we’re confronting today.
Escape from Reason
At the University of Missouri, I read a book called Escape from Reason by Dr. Francis Schaeffer.
Dr. Schaeffer was a Christian theologian and philosopher unlike any Christian author or faith leader of his time in that he was not anti-intellectual and his books spoke about art, culture, science, movies, philosophy, humanism, genetics, the Enlightenment, and the Age of Reason. Schaeffer, who lived in the mountains of Switzerland, would often walk up the road to the chalet where Dr. Leary lived at the time, and the two became friends and had intense conversations. Dr. Schaeffer was a genius, and he would write in his books about the irrationality of humanism on an intellectual basis. His Escape from Reason was the most powerful book on culture and philosophy I had ever read. It was light years ahead of the works of Fromm and Herbert Marcuse. Dr. Schaeffer opened the door in my mind that there was an intelligent possibility of the existence of what he termed “The Infinite Personal Living God of the Universe.”
At this point, I noticed that humanism, left to its own devices, always seemed to devolve from idealist and utopian ideas into ugly, cruel, barbaric, dehumanizing, and totalitarian states. I would venture to say that most humanists and transhumanists are ethical and compassionate people, but that their idealism blinds them to man’s fallen nature. This is the denial of empirical scientific evidence about the history of mankind and an escape into a non-scientific Romanticism.
During this time, I didn’t know that the American counterculture was a product of mass social engineering orchestrated by Fabian socialists and humanists like Wells, Aldous Huxley, Julian Huxley, the Tavistock Institute, British and American intelligence agencies, and Bertrand Russell, who organized the peace movement. Incorporating the principles of Aldous Huxley’s “scientific dictatorship,” they first used the British invasion of rock ’n’ roll groups like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and others whose albums were played repetitively via records and radio stations and contained overt programming messages on the conscious and subconscious levels. This mass mind-control operation was also used through American rock groups such as the Doors, Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, and others.
Wells, the great science-fiction writer of novels like The Invisible Man and The War of the Worlds, was the head of British intelligence during World War I. He personally mentored Aldous and Julian Huxley, who became high-ranking officers in British intelligence and introduced them to satanist Aleister Crowley, who was an asset of British intelligence and assisted British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in defeating Adolf Hitler during World War II.
Publicly, Wells, the Huxleys, and others pretended to be purely secular humanists, but privately, they had adopted some of the doctrines of Freemasonry, such as the essentially transhumanist doctrine of man evolving into or becoming gods. The influence of Crowley’s occult beliefs on culture is evidenced by the fact that his picture is on the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover, and his name and teachings continually pop up in culture and the music industry today.
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[i] Michael Garfield, ”The Psychedelic Transhumanists,” Transhumanist Plus, September 29, 2009, (http://hplusmagazine.com/2009/09/29/psychedelic-transhumanists).