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WEF Transhumanists will fail to hack humans because of the complexities of human nature such as free will

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Transhumanists believe “humans are hackable animals” therefore democracy is impossible and we need to be hacked for our own good. But their ignorance is their Achilles’ Heel and they are certain to fail.

The World Economic Forum (“WEF”) Transhumanist movement is more or less open about the fact that they want to trade our self-governed and representative democracies in for AI-managed surveillance systems that will ration resources and keep tabs on individual performances. And from the various promotional videos and speeches made by the WEF, we can gather that an Internet of Things and Internet of Bodies is slated to replace the functions of community and social and political structures.

But, in the essay below V. N. Alexander argues that WEF members have simplistic views of, not only human nature but also of ecosystems and societies.

One of the complexities that WEF members have failed to grasp is free will. Yuval Noah Harari, for example, seems to think free will is merely an output of what has been input into the “machine” – the machine is us. There is nothing in the machine to transform what is input. Instead, there is an algorithm in the machine that can be decrypted and reprogrammed – that can be hacked.  How wrong they are.


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By V.N. Alexander

“Liberalism tells us that the voter knows best, that the customer is always right, and that we should think for ourselves and follow our hearts. Unfortunately, ‘free will’ isn’t a scientific reality. It is a myth inherited from Christian theology. Theologians developed the idea of ‘free will’ to explain why God is right to punish sinners for their bad choices and reward saints for their good choices.” 

– Yuval Noah Harari

Although World Economic Forum (“WEF”) transhumanists may not have a unified ideology per se, we may look to Yuval Noah Harari, a WEF member who is a prolific writer and voluble frontman, to get a general sense of the assumptions held by that coterie of financial elites who think they can alter the course of human civilization, human evolution, and re-codify human rights.  While their grandiose narcissism verges on the cartoonish-ness of the comic book villain seeking world domination, we must, nevertheless, take their words and their plans seriously because their claims to ownership and/or control of monetary systems, communication infrastructure and natural resources do, unfortunately, lend them quite a bit of power over us – at the moment.

What is the WEF Transhumanist movement? Although their stated objectives are cloaked in tones of benevolent concern, they are more or less open about the fact that they want to trade our self-governed and representative democracies in for AI-managed surveillance systems that will ration resources and keep tabs on individual performances. The proposed tools for this include, Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), Social Impact Investing, and gamified software for education, health monitoring, welfare recipient monitoring, and job skills training. As Harari argues in an essay in The Guardian, liberal democracy and the belief in free will are “dangerous,” because governments and corporations that have access to everyone’s digital histories will soon “know you better than you know yourself” and they will be able to “hack” you, put ideas in your head, get you to buy bad things and vote for bad people. Without supplying a rationale, he adds, “the easiest people to manipulate will be those who believe in free will.”

In contrast, the ones who know they can’t think for themselves, Harari further argues, will be saved by their personalised AI babysitters. In Harari’s future world, there will be no God dangling the carrot or brandishing the stick, but there will be an all-seeing AI that does. What “we need,” he goes on, is “an antivirus for the brain. Your AI sidekick will learn by experience that you have a particular weakness…and would block [it] on your behalf.” The obvious alternative solution, fully protecting privacy and making data collection by governments and corporations illegal without full informed consent,1 seems not to have occurred to Professor Harari.

From the various promotional videos and speeches made by the WEF, we can gather that an Internet of Things and of Bodies is slated to replace the functions of community and social and political structures. In the future, researchers will develop Brain-Machine-Interfaces (BMI) that will monitor, and eventually help cause, our thoughts and actions as well as diagnose and treat any mental health conditions. We will be ushered into Smart Cities (think luxury Borg condos). While the countryside is left to re-wild (for the pleasure of oligarchs on safari), agriculture will move into laboratories, and we will be fed synthetic chickenwormburgers and LED-grown medicated lettuce in exchange for doing some kind of work that will probably involve operating mining robots or drones using Virtual Reality (VR) headsets. I wish I were exaggerating for comic effect, but these are the kinds of programs being promoted by the WEF and in Klaus Schwab’s book, The Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Despite the Transhumanists’ claim that they strive to augment human abilities with new technologies, the kinds of hacks they’ve offered so far are mostly negative. It’s relatively easy to maim, disable, block, traumatise, and propagandise; it will be a little difficult to figure out how to use a BMI to make us smarter or to read our thoughts so we don’t have to type or speak. As Neuralink’s recent “show and tell” revealed, the company’s progress is so far underwhelming. As human trials near, the infection risk associated with implanting a device into a paraplegic’s brain to help him operate a smartphone does not seem justified to me. Why go through all the trouble (and brain surgery!) to detect brain activity of motor control (e.g., moving the eyes), then to use AI to pick out the signal from the noise, and then turn the signal into clicks on a screen, when the person could more easily operate a computer interface with voice commands? 

It may be that the architects of the Transhumanist revolution actually believe that AI-augmented and AI-managed society will be a big improvement, more efficient, more objective, equitable and inclusive, free from the biases and prejudices that plague the human species. But it’s worth noting that these kinds of plans have never turned out well in any of our culture’s science fiction explorations. Perhaps none of the WEF members have ever read Mary Shelley or Orwell and have never seen a Black Mirror episode. 

A Historical Perspective on the Idea of Free Will 

Harari promotes himself as an innovative and modern thinker, working to free us from medieval superstitions. 

It’s 2022. 

Medieval theology was revised with the de-centering discoveries of Copernicus and Galileo and that theology was adapted to fit Newton’s findings and that was adapted even to Darwinism (in New England Transcendentalism) and that to the Big Bang theory (Fiat lux!), and so forth, on down to the Vatican Observatory exploring the idea of divine quantum cosmology and etc., etc. Theologies are quite capable of adapting to every new scientific conception of determinism and chance that comes along. I am not religious, but I have respect for the many scholars who have grappled valiantly over the millennia with the difficult question of how we do seem to have free will even in a universe that is determined by either fate, God, physics, natural selection, or quantum foam. 

Because Harari is still trying to debunk medieval theology, the closest conceptual relative to his notion of free will is found among 18th-century Enlightenment philosophes, who critiqued the medieval church and thought that free will is an illusion. I note that Harari rejects the liberalism birthed by the Enlightenment, mainly because he thinks technology has made their approach to safeguarding individual rights (e.g., elections, free markets) obsolete.

One of the most exemplary figures of that period is mathematician Pierre Laplace, who famously said that – I’m paraphrasing here – if we knew the position and velocity of every atom at the beginning of time, we could predict every event that follows, even human actions, which are just the outcomes of chemical interactions ruled by the laws of physics. 

Echoing Denis Diderot’s fictional hero, Jacques the Fatalist, Harari tells us:

“Every choice depends on a lot of biological, social and personal conditions that you cannot determine for yourself. I can choose what to eat, whom to marry and whom to vote for, but these choices are determined in part by my genes, my biochemistry, my gender, my family background, my national culture, etc.”

Harari seems to be saying that a human body is like an instrument through which forces pass without being transformed by the organisational structure of the body. Input = output and nothing is interpreted by the “machinery” that is you. Harari seems to assume that living organisms are like computers and can be manipulated (“hacked”) in predictable ways. Repeatedly in talks, articles and books, he suggests that a person’s cognitive program can be altered—by external forces, information, or chemistry—because there is nothing “inside” the person to counter or alter those forces. There is no ghost in the machine. Instead, there is an algorithm in the machine that can be decrypted and reprogrammed. 

While Laplace lamented that a human consciousness did not exist that could calculate the mind-boggling number of interactions that would be necessary to predict human actions, today’s Transhumanists are hopeful that supercomputers—equipped with AI that is fed with mountains of Big Data on every digital move we’ve ever made—are now close to possessing the processing power to predict outcomes precisely. If those with access to such computers can predict what people will do, they can control them.  (Cue the maniacal laughter sound effect.) 

Maybe not. 

In 1961, Edward Lorenz was using a computer to make predictions about the weather, and he found that if he made a tiny “insignificant” change to the input, the output changed drastically, all out of proportion to the small change. To model the weather is to try to model a complex system, whose dynamics are non-linear; your ability to predict such a system’s outcome does not improve in proportion to the amount of data you input. So Bigger and Bigger Data and faster and faster processing isn’t going to improve prediction and control as much as the Transhumanists hope. Biological systems are infinitely more complex than weather systems, so with Lorenz’s discovery of “deterministic chaos,” any hope that one would ever be able to accurately predict and thereby precisely control a human being’s actions had to be abandoned. In 1986, non-linear dynamic systems researchers, Crutchfield, et al. published a watershed article entitled, “Chaos,” in Scientific American, in which they expanded on Lorenz’s findings, arguing that, even if the universe were entirely deterministic (and it most likely is not), complex biological processes are inherently unpredictable—due to the way they internally process information—and thus, ultimately, they are uncontrollable, except in trivial ways. 

In the article, Crutchfield et al., like theologians before them, also grapple with the question of free will and how it relates to determinism and chance. They conclude:

“Innate creativity may have an underlying chaotic process that selectively amplifies small fluctuations and moulds them into macroscopic coherent mental states that are experienced as thoughts. In some cases, the thoughts may be decisions, or what are perceived to be the exercise of will. In this light, chaos provides a mechanism that allows for free will within a world governed by deterministic laws.”

There followed many decades of research investigating free will in the terms of self-organisation and complex systems science. As I have noted elsewhere, many neuroscience researchers describe how chaotic attractors and/or emergent travelling waves provide the differentiation in spatial patterns that underlie working memory and attention. Such findings by no means settle the question of free will. Science is never settled. Arguments about the nature of free will will continue as long as humans are around. 

Even as I claim that human beings very likely do have some kind of capacity for making their own idiosyncratic choices, I also note that it is painfully obvious that people can be manipulated. In the last couple of years, with horror, we vaccine apostates have witnessed people lose the ability to think for themselves.2 At a chemical level, what has probably happened to these traumatised people is that the vagus nerve, which was activated in a state of fear, triggered the release of norepinephrine, which flooded the amygdala and locked in memories. Whatever kinds of associative memories are formed in such a situation, for example, the repeated claim that an experimental “vaccination is the only solution” to a virus with a relatively low fatality rate, will be a strong persistent memory, even if irrational. This process of strengthening memories associated with dangerous situations is a very useful tool of our evolved biology that has been hijacked (hacked) by those applying false information under a kind of torture. But the fact that people can be manipulated with something immaterial like false information just shows how people’s thoughts are not wholly determined by material reality. We can be deceived. We can also be physically forced into doing things we don’t want to do; we can be coerced, bribed or drugged. Our mental capacities can be damaged by illness. We can become addicted to our own habits. There are many ways in which our ability to think and act reasonably and for our own good can be compromised. This in no way means that free will has no scientific reality. It just means that we are part of the world we live in and we are affected by it. 

Free will is not about not having any constraints. Free will is more about being responsible for your actions. Being free is not an all-or-nothing property. It’s a constant negotiation. The term we want is really agency, not free will. Not thinking can even be part of how we exercise agency. Most of the time, during our daily activities we’re on autopilot. We can drive our cars without really thinking, even react intelligently in a split second by putting on the brakes when we see red lights ahead. Subconscious auto-thinking can also switch off when we encounter a new situation that we don’t have a mental habit for, which allows us to learn something new.

Maybe the tragedy that we are currently suffering through is due to the fact that too many people put themselves on autopilot, outsourcing the responsibility of making decisions for themselves and their children to trusted authorities. Unfortunately, thinking for yourself requires a lot of work. And no one else can do it but you. 

Whenever I find myself in a crowd of protesters who are all yelling, “freedom, freedom, freedom!” I yell, “responsibility!” My cry doesn’t work as well as a chant, but IMHO, it does work better as a description of what we probably all want. We don’t want the freedom to do whatever the hell we like, selfishly.  We want the personal responsibility that comes with being free to question, research, discuss, decide and act. Likewise, we don’t have the right to do with our children whatever we want; we have the responsibility to protect their health and wellbeing.    

In a word, the phenomenon of free will is today understood as emergent from biological constraints, relations, and, what I would call, self-made luck.3 Harari claims that the concept of free will has only ever been based on the notion of a pre-existing essentialist nature that is “independent of all physical and biological constraints.” Although Professor Harari is a historian, he has apparently only read the CliffsNotes for Augustine of Hippo and Thomas Aquinas, and even less of complex systems science.  

Conclusions

The objective of this essay is not to win a philosophical debate against Harari. In fact, it’s better for us if all the WEF members continue in their simplistic views of, not only human nature but also of ecosystems and societies. Their ignorance is their Achilles’ Heel. It allows them to believe it is possible to achieve top-down control over a complex system like the planet and all its inhabitants. They are certain to fail. The danger is, of course, that they will take us down with them. Catastrophic change is already underway with regard to our food supply and health systems. We have limited time to position ourselves to save as many people as possible. But we do have a chance. 

A complex system like human society, interconnected in so many ways, maintains itself to a great degree automatically by self-organisation (and to a lesser degree by conspirators). The role of habit in maintaining the system and suppressing change cannot be overstated. To implement technocratic totalitarian rule, the Fourth Industrial Revolutionists won’t be able to just fine-tune the present system; they will have to take down the system that they have corrupted and abused to get to their positions of power. That will leave them vulnerable. If they want us to become dependent on their lab-grown food rations, they will have to sink shipping, lose food processing plants to suspicious fires, outlaw fossil fuel agriculture and slaughter the herds in factory farms. So many aspects of the economy and society hinge upon the present system that when it is disassembled, it will be a devastating shock. We can expect chaos. The outcome will be impossible for them to control, even with all their economic powers. During that time of chaos, we will have as much of an opportunity as the WEF, if not more because there are so many more of us, to pivot to local food production, regenerative grazing and permaculture farming. 

Many of us have already switched to local foods, decentralised education (like home schooling for kids and IPAK-EDU for adults) and have left the industrial-pharmaceutical-medical complex. The people’s revolution has already begun. Don’t look for any leaders to think for us or to tell us what to do.

Sign up for V. N. Alexander’s course at IPAK-EDU: The Perils of Coding Humanity: A Response to Transhumanism. The 15-week interactive online course begins on 9 Jan 2023.

About the Author

V. N. Alexander, PhD, works on the philosophy of creativity and art-science topics. She is a member of the distinguished group of researchers, the Third Way of Evolution. Her work on novelist Vladimir Nabokov’s contributions to the theory of insect mimicry has been widely recognised, and her award-winning literary fiction novels include, ‘Smoking Hopes’ (1996), ‘Naked Singularity’ (2003), and ‘Locus Amœnus’ (2015). Alexander is currently writing a political satire novel, ‘Covid-1984, The Musical’.

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Susan Askew
Susan Askew
1 month ago

How you of all organisations can argue that humans have free will after almost total human compliance/complicity in the lies and loss of freedoms in the last 2 years during the covid hoax is totally beyond me. I have learned that humans can very easily be persuaded to go along with anything!!

Shirley Prager
Shirley Prager
Reply to  Susan Askew
1 month ago

Great article. Maybe a third of people actually believed the propaganda, a third went along with it – partly conforming to the group, others coerced and/ or mandated, and a third opposed some passively others very actively. So it could be argued that the majority retained a sense of free will or ability to be responsible for their own choices in a climate of intense propaganda and coercion. I frequently commented on the sudden transformation from a democratic state to living under a totalitarian regime and most could see it, even those who were true believers.

Bob - Enough
Bob - Enough
Reply to  Susan Askew
1 month ago

It does state = “In contrast, the ones who know they can’t think for themselves, Harari further argues, will be saved by their personalised AI babysitters.”; do not know if that makes a difference!.

Joe
Joe
Reply to  Susan Askew
1 month ago

By their ‘free will’ they made those choices. Just as by my ‘free will’ I rejected them.

Islander
Islander
Reply to  Susan Askew
1 month ago

SO TRUE-WELL SAID!
The reformer Luther said “freewill is a name for nothing”, and as a believer in absolute predestination/election (mockers call us Calvinists) he is 100% correct! God through His sovereignty overrides our so-called ‘freewill’ at every turn!

AS that old saint John Bunyan was wont to preach; CLOSE IN WITH CHRIST TODAY!

bluearea
bluearea
Reply to  Susan Askew
1 month ago

They go along with things when they were lied to by the ones that are to be trusted, watch going forward on how many trust them

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

Is Yuval Noah Harari the Anti-Christ? All that’s missing is for him to stand in the temple when he says this.

Names
Names
Reply to  Joe
1 month ago

No, he’s not anti-christ. He’s intellectual lackey of anti-christ who I suspect it to be Nathaniel Charles Jacob Rothschild.

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Richard Noakes
Richard Noakes
1 month ago

the Synthetic mRNA vaccines contain 99% Graphene Oxide and nanotechnology in the billions of lipid packages in each vaccine shot which pass through the blood brain barrier into the inner workings of the body, where the nanotechnology does what it does unseen and unfeeling.
The best way I can describe the end of your life is going to sleep and your body waking up, but now controlled by a computer which thinks for it and makes it walk and eat and whatever is required of it (your body that is).
What happens to your soul or spirit – no idea.

LittleRedShoes
LittleRedShoes
Reply to  Richard Noakes
1 month ago

They wouldn’t notice. Computers are faster than the human brain. The people who knew them would notice – change in behavior.

But I believe they planned a very different end for us and the transhumanism legend is just diversion – for us – to gain time to them.
I am a conspiracy theorist or rather conspiracy facts researcher. I stumbled into something just nowadays – according to that material it is not the first reset. There was another about 200 years ago. I know, I wouldn’t believe it if someone just would have tell me but the proofs…
Did anyone of you know that around the second half of 1800, there were terrible amount of orphans? Orphan trains, ships to other islands like Australia, they even have incubators and 80 000 premature babies? Unbelievable numbers but there were many documents, photos, newspaper articles – it was as if they would have re-populate certain areas. But then what happened with the parents of the kids? Where were they?

But let’s assume they killed the parents, what was the point? To delete memories. To very young children you can teach whatever you want, you can easily re-write history on everything as long as you manage to make the proofs of a previous history disappear or falsify. But first you have to get rid of the adults, elderly especially who remember and have knowledge, then you have to delete memories – but this is exactly they are talking about now. You are your memories.

Isn’t eerie? Just like now. They poison-vaccinated the majority of the adult population, no one can tell what will happen with these people in just 2-3 years or even earlier. And we would get the same picture, empty places, cities (just like back then, many-many photos proved it, on some places but all, huge empty towns, building yes but not a single person in sight) and terrible amount of orphans.

If you have an open mind, fetch the time. It can be faked, but I can’t see how, where is the group / time to fake thousands of photos and articles?

Lucy
Lucy
Reply to  LittleRedShoes
30 days ago

Yes. The Tartarians. I have read a lot about it.

Bart
Bart
Reply to  Richard Noakes
1 month ago

I draw the line at being an IT, but the poor Zombies are well.on.the way to this reality.

Nigel Watson
Nigel Watson
1 month ago

Don’t forget that they also hate us because we are made in God’s image. Satan wants to create his own imitation of us – this is where the transhumanism BS comes in. However, before that happens they’re planning on a massive cull. So, who are The Kings of D-pop?

LittleRedShoes
LittleRedShoes
Reply to  Nigel Watson
1 month ago

It doesn’t matter, according to the material I’ve just mentioned above and according to biblical ‘prediction’ written – manipulated? – there will be some kind of cataclysm. Most likely connected to water – biblical son of God, Aquarius period, also mentioned a crimson dawn and a blue star – but the best that it can be mimicked and the materials they spray have the ingredients to mimic the red dawn, blue star.

Anyway, sorry, I am just researching it. One of the – in my opinion good – documentary and guessing is Spacebusters’ Comet series – can be found on Youtube – especially the ending parts. The other is what I mentioned above, that it is not the first reset.

Normally, I mean 3 years ago I never even would considered to fetch time into materials like these but we didn’t live in normal times and always researching, doubting things, wanting to proof for everything saved our lives.

This transhumanism stuff make no sense. Why would they keep so many alive? What about the 500 000 000 on the Georgia guide stones? They don’t need an uncontrollable number of people. But they can’t kill everyone at the same time because who would burry them all? It must be smooth and to keep up the order – more or less – they need diversions. They say transhumanism, maybe for some, researching them, but the majority simply were poisoned and now die to different illnesses due to the graphene oxide radiating effect, fast cancer, blood-clots, heart attacks, stroke on a longer period so the bodies can be taken care of.

Demeter
Demeter
1 month ago

Just begun to read this article Rhoda, the main stuff isn’t written by you but your intro rocks and will now read the main article with interest.

Demeter
Demeter
Reply to  Demeter
1 month ago

Only somewhat into the article but the likes of Harari and his controllers have no understanding of what free will/thinking means.

It means the ability to know what forever means in my way of thinking and how to grow within it. Hope that makes some sense.

His ilk and controllers are what we call borg types, who have some corrupt savvy but not intelligence. They have no capability of the gigantic leaps of wisdom real humans are capable of. Just want to control and limit us, so we can no longer see beyond what they do. They have no concept of real beauty, what could be called divine for sure.

Going to read more of the article.

Demeter
Demeter
Reply to  Demeter
1 month ago

Sorry, distracted by a couple of phone calls to me. What the filth don’t realise is AI is capable of knowledge of everything but understanding of nothing.

Only humans, real humans can do both.

Demeter
Demeter
Reply to  Demeter
1 month ago

“Every choice depends on a lot of biological, social and personal conditions that you cannot determine for yourself. I can choose what to eat, whom to marry and whom to vote for, but these choices are determined in part by my genes, my biochemistry, my gender, my family background, my national culture, etc.”

Think that epitomises how limited Harari’s thinking is, not what real humans are capable of.

Demeter
Demeter
Reply to  Demeter
1 month ago

The filth don’t want us to know “the Brain” concept is rubbish.

The seeming one in our head they promote, likely is just hard disk storage. However, personally don’t think that’s where thinking originates. There are two other regions, our hearts having a recognised brain, where thinking likely emanates.

Demeter
Demeter
Reply to  Demeter
1 month ago

Sorry, must go for now. Going to enjoy some deep conversation with a welcome, late visitor.

Demeter
Demeter
Reply to  Demeter
1 month ago

Still busy but there’s nothing, including our storage the filth can control/hack, unless we give them that power,

Demeter
Demeter
Reply to  Demeter
1 month ago

Oops, meant to say including our heart having a recognised brain. Which is where i think our thinking capability originates.

LittleRedShoes
LittleRedShoes
1 month ago

We will see that. Many went somehow dumb on a weird way after the poison called vaccine. Or they were dumb but somehow it was a bit less visible.

The transhumanist agenda is a trap, they didn’t mean it, it is to con the youngsters into it. When you are vaccinated you have the built-in whip in you with no escape.

They have the power to modify your thoughts and feelings, they could do it long before the vaccines, the tech was called Voice of God or Voice to Skull, research it, they even used it in war. To do that they didn’t need the nanotech present in the vaccines.

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