One of the causes for the destruction of Atlantis, it has been theorized, was the kind of thoroughly mad science said to have been practiced in the place. Edgar Cayce, the “sleeping prophet” of Virginia Beach, was among those who spoke of strange creatures produced through the genetic engineering of that time. In fact, Cayce said, the battle over what to do with such creatures led to warfare, which eventuated in the complete destruction of the empire.
Some have speculated that so-called mythological creatures, chimeras (organisms containing a mixture of genetically different tissues, or hybrids), such as satyrs, centaurs, minotaurs, etc., may actually represent a dimly remembered reality. The sheer horror of much that may have transpired could go far in explaining the deep amnesia which seems, thus far, to have frustrated all attempts to uncover reliable records of that lost world—one in which many who read this magazine feel they may have actually lived. Perhaps one of the most compelling, if least understood, reasons that so many share a visceral objection to research in areas such as stem cell science, has to do with partially-recalled, nightmarish encounters with the actual result of unchecked genetic experimentation.
Is it possible that the failure to remember consciously what may once have transpired on Earth increases the chance we might actually have to relive it? In his book, Mankind in Amnesia, the great scientist and psychoanalyst Immanuel Velikovsky, argued that repressed memories of Earth’s ancient catastrophic destructions might account for much of the evil we find in the world today.
In his 1896 novel, The Island of Doctor Moreau, H.G. Wells described an isolated island visited by a shipwrecked man where the mad Dr. Moreau created human-like beings from animals via vivisection. Today scientists need not rely on such primitive techniques. Genetic engineering can now do a great deal worse by manipulating the human genome, and there is no shortage of evidence that once again science may be running amok.
Dr. Eugene McCarthy, a Georgia-based geneticist, is proposing that humans first arose from an ancient hybrid cross between pigs and chimpanzees. He says he wants to do some experiments to test his thesis, but he says he won’t actually produce any creatures. So far, no scientific consensus has emerged on whether he should proceed, but not all researchers in the field are so squeamish. According to Britain’s Independent newspaper: “Scientists have created genetically-engineered mice with artificial human chromosomes in every cell of their bodies, as part of a series of studies showing that it may be possible to treat genetic diseases with a radically new form of gene therapy.”
Recent reports that stem cells taken from aborted human fetuses have been used simply to test what kind of flavors might be successful in artificial foods reveal the surprising extent of what may be coming into play as the science develops. In July, science blogger Michael Snyder warned on his web site TheTruthWins.com, “Over the past decade, there have been some absolutely stunning advances in the field of genetic modification. Today, it is literally possible for college students to create new lifeforms in their basements. Unfortunately, laws have not kept pace with these advancements, and in many countries there are very few limits on what scientists are allowed to do.”
Many of those who would like to see a rediscovery of the advanced sciences that possibly went down with Atlantis, may yet get their chance. Unfortunately, that is not necessarily good news.