A Russian theoretical physicist has predicted a grim future for our civilization that “is even worse than extinction.” Alexander Berezin, a highly-cited scientist from Russia’s National University of Electronic Technology Research, outlined his bleak prediction in an article entitled ‘First to enter, last to leave: a solution to Fermi’s paradox’. Fermi’s paradox is the contradiction that’s been maddening scientists for years. The idea that if the universe is so vast, practically guaranteeing the existence of extraterrestrial life, then why hasn’t humanity ever detected a trace of it? Berezin theorizes that alien civilizations may have not reached the technological advancement needed to be detectable by Earthlings – like space travel or interstellar communication. Berezin also says that those who first accomplish interstellar travel would be naturally tasked with eradicating “all competition to fuel its own expansion.” Or in other words: whoever finds the other first will have the power of the universe. (READ MORE)
Recently, Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science featured a piece written by Professor S. Jonathon O’Donnell in the Department of Religion and Philosophies at the University of London titled, “Secularizing Demons: Fundamentalist Navigations in Religion and Secularity.”
O’Donnell’s aim? According to the article’s abstract, it was to explore at a deeper level than his peers the “anti-transhumanist apocalypticisms” of our day, the central voice behind which was identified as yours truly—“evangelical conspiracist Thomas Horn [and his] milieu [community gathering place]”[i] Throughout the academic paper, O’Donnell simply refers to me and my co-obstructionists as “Horn’s Milieu.”
In other words, the University of London professor has determined that I and those who work with me at SkyWatch TV and Defender Publishing are the “leaders of the transhuman resistance” that the transhuman community had better pay attention to. The peer-reviewed Zygon agreed at least to the point they found reason to promulgate O’Donnell’s thesis.
A title such as this placed upon me and the associates within “my milieu” is, I assure you, not as offensive as it may seem. Quite the contrary, I am encouraged that my line of work in the media has captured the attention of spokespersons of the scientific world—such as those deemed worthy of being featured in Zygon. The very fact that personalities of such high regard and academic acumen are addressing what I’ve concluded throughout my calling proves that our work is worth addressing. If I was completely off the mark out in La-la Land, I may still gain attention for being an agitator, but to persons such as O’Donnell, I would simply be considered inconsequential and not worth the precious time it takes to write such a detailed response to my convictions. Likewise, I am deeply flattered to see how professionally and fairly my stance on the subject was handled, as I nearly expected this to be yet another “hit piece” upon myself and my associates. Most naysayers who have come against our work have formulated little more than a straw man’s argument. It’s clear by their retaliation that they haven’t truly read my work to begin with. They assume—errantly so—that we are just religious men and women who cry “sin” against anything laboratory-created, as it doesn’t innately have the hand of God upon it. Such may not have been the case for O’Donnell. Much to my surprise, O’Donnell did not appear to be driven by the sole desire to paint me as a half-witted lunatic like some others have done throughout recent history. For that, I openly offer my gratitude.
There were, however, a few intrinsic flaws in his conclusions about us and our “demonologies” of transhumanism and secularism that we’ll get into with this series.
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And, I must admit, I am as happy as a schoolboy on the playground at recess to respond to this challenge, and we do so in a series of televised programs set to air starting this month as well as in the groundbreaking new work The Milieu. The word “milieu” as a noun infers a set of surroundings, a central meeting place, or a coming together. But O’Donnell, by attaching this simple word as the corporate identification over myself and those that work with me, has assisted in uniting us even further…and now we have a name.
So, we’ll get busy spelling out WHY this issue is of preeminent importance to you, the Church, and society at large, as we launch this new online series, release the trailblazing book, and broadcast television programs on the subject… STARTING NOW!
COMING UP NEXT—The Vatican Imagines a Milieu of Its Own; A PRO-TRANSHUMAN ONE
[i] S. Jonathon O’Donnell, “Secularizing Demons: Fundamentalist Navigations in Religion and Secularity,” abstract, Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, issue titled Nuclear Waste, Conspiracies, and E-Meters: Remarkable Religion and Technology (Vol. 51, No. 3, September 2016), 640.
More than 15,000 scientists have signed a dire warning letter to humanity, urging society to address major environmental concerns. “Soon it will be too late to shift course away from our failing trajectory, and time is running out,” scientists wrote in the letter signed by 15,364 of their colleagues from 184 countries. “We must recognize, in our day-to-day lives and in our governing institutions, that Earth with all its life is our only home.” Titled as a “Second Notice,” the stern warning comes 25 years after similar concerns were expressed in a letter backed by more than 1,700 scientists. However, as the updated warning points out, things have significantly worsened since then. (READ MORE)
End of Days, Armageddon, Doomsday, Cataclysm, Apocalypse, Ragnarök. The end of the world as we know it has many names and interpretations across many cultures and religions. Fire raining from the sky, terrible monsters crawling out of a pit in the earth, seas boiling, a death toll somewhere in the billions, if not the decimation of all of humanity. Sounds pretty scary, right? I mean, it’s not called “the end of the world” for nothing. Does Judaism have its own version of the Ragnarök? The simple answer is yes and it’s actually called aḥarit ha-yamim, or the end of days, several times in Tanach. When it comes to the Jewish faith, the most widespread idea of “the end of the world” is that of the Messiah, a descendant of King David who will help lead the Jews out of exile, return them to Jerusalem and rebuild the Beit Hamikdash (Jewish temple). In addition, there is the idea that deceased individuals will come back to life in what is known as Techiyat HaMetim—what form or age they will inhabit is up for endless debate. However, before this golden Messianic age arrives, there is to be a great war between good and evil (Gog and Magog are the peoples who will wage war against the Jews), which involves a giant sea monster, a massive ox and ends in the eradication of wickedness for all eternity. According to the Talmud, the time preceding this conflict will be marked by great social and economic upheaval as well as great suffering. (READ MORE)
The chaotic and “horrendously inefficient” early response to the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa was the catalyst for the simulations, said Tim Evans, senior director for health, nutrition and population at the World Bank. “We realized that people were just making it up as they were going along, including us,” Evans said, referring to the Ebola response. The bank wanted to “move from a history of panic and neglect to one where we’re going to start to prepare much more systematically to be ready for the 100 percent probability we will be dealing with this again,” he said. “Probably sooner than we expect.’” Outbreaks of life-threatening infectious diseases are spreading faster and with more unpredictability than ever… (READ MORE)
Escalating tensions with North Korea have once raised notions of a possible World War Three; an apocalyptic spasm of global violence that could imperil the future of the species that created it. Humanity is obsessed with armageddon, of course; it underlies many of our world religions, informs much of our international relations and has inspired many of our greatest works of art. But if the bell should toll for our species, what will be our undoing? Below, the five forces most likely to wipe out everyone’s favourite biped primate. (READ MORE)