The Scientists Take Over: C. S. Lewis Denounced Transhumanism in 1945

Old-Thinker News | March 1, 2012

By Daniel Taylor

Dreams of the far future destiny of man were dragging up from its shallow and unquiet grave the old dream of man as god…” – C.S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength, 1945

No more gods, no more faith, no more timid holding back. Let us blast out of our old forms, our ignorance, our weakness, and our mortality. The future belongs to posthumanity.” – Max More, On Becoming Posthuman, 1994

The fact that a technocratic system of government is being constructed is becoming clearer by the day. We see daily open proclamations for the earth to be geo-engineered, humanity to be medicated through the water supply, and the very genetic code of the planet re-written. As Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote in his 1970 book Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era, “The technetronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values.”

George Orwell, C.S. Lewis, Aldous Huxley and H. G. Wells were all contemporaries.

George Orwell, C.S. Lewis, Aldous Huxley and H. G. Wells were all contemporaries. Each of them, through their various literary works, contributed to the debate – or lack thereof – on this rising power structure. In their lifetimes, the project for the technetronic era was set into motion.

C. S. Lewis’ 1945 book That Hideous Strength ties in ideas that he put forth in another of his works titled The Abolition of Man. Hideous Strength is a work of fiction set amidst a supernatural battle between good and evil. However, as you will see, George Orwell himself saw “nothing outrageously improbable” in the mundane plot of an elite group of technocrats to seize control of life itself. Lewis’ work is a classic example of art imitating life.

Lewis’s thought as expressed in The Abolition of Man, as well as That Hideous Strength was clearly influenced by the rise of the so called “Science of Man” that took place during his lifetime. The same can be said for the other previously mentioned authors. This great work to discover the inner workings of man in order to better control him was initiated by the immense wealth of the Rockefeller empire in the early 20th Century

That Hideous Strength revolves around the National Institute for Coordinated Experiments (NICE) and the organization’s plot to seize control of all life.

Lewis writes, “What should they [the elite] regard as too obscene, since they held that all morality was a mere subjective byproduct of the physical and economic situations of men?… From the point of view which is accepted in hell, the whole history of our earth had led up to this moment.”

What exactly is this profound moment Lewis refers to? In short it is a time when mankind transcends biology. It is a revolution against the natural order. Interestingly, Lewis was one of the earliest writers to denounce transhumanist philosophy. He wrote in Hideous Strength (1945), that the elite of society will merge with technology and eliminate the masses which they call “dead-weight.”

“A few centuries ago, a large agricultural population was essential; and war destroyed types which were then useful. But every advance in industry and agriculture reduces the number of work-people required. A large, unintelligent population is now a dead-weight. The importance of scientific war is that scientists have to be reserved. It was not the great technocrats of Koeingsberg or Moscow who supplied the causalities in the siege of Stalingrad. The effect of modern war is to eliminate retrogressive types, while sparing the technocracy and increasing its hold upon public affairs. In the new age, what has hitherto been merely the intellectual nucleus of the race is to become, by gradual stages, the race itself. You are to conceive the species as an animal which has discovered how to simplify nutrition and locomotion to such a point that the old complex organs and the large body which contained them are no longer necessary. The masses are therefore to disappear. The body is to become all head. The human race is to become all technology.” p. 156-7

These ideas are ever more prescient today. Bill Joy, the cofounder of Sun Microsystems, published an article in 2000 titled “Why the future doesn’t need us.” A recent conference in Russia hosted the herald of the transhumanist era Ray Kurzweil. The Global Future 2045 Congress spoke of “The critical moment… when machines take on an artificial intelligence that matches or exceeds the brainpower of humans. No one in the academic community doubts that this will happen – the question is not if, but when.” Eventually, scientists “…will focus on improving humans…”

The Global Future conference also discussed the rise of “new barbarians” that are “easily deceived.” “Their video-game mentality means they could easily start to wreak havoc…” As Svetlana Smetanina reported from the conference, “If the proportion of people like this comes to encompass 50 percent of the Earth’s population, then a new “middle ages” are almost guaranteed.”  Are these individuals the “dead-weight” to be rid of?

George Orwell, famous for his stunningly accurate portrayal of a future police state in 1984, commented on Lewis’ book Hideous Strength. His commentary was published in the Manchester Evening News in 1945 with the headline “THE SCIENTISTS TAKE OVER.” Orwell wrote,

“All superfluous life is to be wiped out, all natural forces tamed, the common people are to be used as slaves and vivisection subjects by the ruling caste of scientists, who even see their way to conferring immortal life upon themselves. Man, in short, is to storm the heavens and overthrow the gods, or even to become a god himself.

There is nothing outrageously improbable in such a conspiracy. Indeed, at a moment when a single atomic bomb – of a type already pronounced “obsolete” – has just blown probably three hundred thousand people to fragments, it sounds all too topical. Plenty of people in our age do entertain the monstrous dreams of power that Mr. Lewis attributes to his characters, and we are within sight of the time when such dreams will be realisable.”

Indeed we are living in a time when these dark dreams are completely realizable. To a great extent they have already become a vivid reality.


32 Comments on "The Scientists Take Over: C. S. Lewis Denounced Transhumanism in 1945"

  1. Humans will live on and it will be the elitists, all 144,000 of them. When this Earth is no longer inhabitable, they will fly off to space stations,asteroids and then when them fail and the 144,00 die off, the only thing left will be a brain. It will control robots, androids, cyborgs and search the universe for a suitable planet to start all over again and create………………………..

  2. In the past I made the mistake of equating transhumanism with humanism – simply because I didn’t know any better.

    My dictionary states that Humanism was “the cultural movement of the Renaissance; based on classical studies” &
    “the doctrine emphasizing a person’s capacity for self-realization through reason”- all which sounded OK at the time (and still does)

    Yet Transhumanism seems like an engineered agenda to create a mutant/enhanced species altogether – all hail the scientific dictator(s)! … and other such scary stuff.

    Perhaps , if the info isn’t constrained as a purely religious discussion (as many people have done ) , awareness of this issue can reach a wider group .

    • Humanism is based on carnal human reason, which is the “human way of thinking”, which is corrupt. The doctrine of humanism is opposed to the doctrine of Christ. Transhumanism is a branch of humanism.

  3. Neurotechnologies as weapons in national intelligence and defense – An overview

    James Giordano, PhD, Rachel Wurzman, PhD(c)

    Synesis: A Journal of Science, Technology, Ethics, and Policy 2011; 2:T55-71

    Advances in neuroscience and neurotechnology have necessitated discussions on the ways that such developments could be used as weapons in contexts of national security, intelligence, and defense. This paper defines the concept of neuroweapons, and elucidates operational issues associated with their use to aid informational and strategic intelligence, such as brain-machine interfaces to improve efficiency in data analysis. As well, exploration of neuropharmacologic, neuromicrobiological, and neurotoxic agents are discussed relevant to their utility in combat scenarios. The limitations of emerging neurotechnologies as weapons are addressed, as both regards practical and operational frameworks, and implications relevant to formulation of ethico-legal guidelines and governance of research, development and potential use.

  4. Golden Dragon | March 6, 2012 at 4:36 am |

    ““The technetronic era”. Ha-ha-ha. God must be having a good laugh. Humans think they are so clever, coming up with all these sophisticated terms! And they really think they know what’s going on.

    • I doubt the LORD GOD is laughing at anything that is going on. The situation should be looked at from a very “sober” point of view for the eternal souls of many human beings are at stake. There are certain humans who know exactly what they are doing in their opposition of the LORD GOD, in their denial of doctrine of Christ, in their rejection of the Holy Spirit! They are destined, not for glory, but for desolation and destruction. They seek to take as many souls down with them as possible. It is them one should fear for they have the ability to destroy both body and soul! They are “worldly”, the “beasts of the field” and the “birds of the air”, human animals controlled by the carnal spirit!

  5. As Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote in his 1970 book Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era, “The technetronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values.

    I see where Mika get’s her crap.

  6. One of my favorite theology profs during my years at a Lutheran Teacher’s College in the midwest cornfields, Dr.Ronald Vahl, warned us about 2 major aspects of human nature that would cause us the most problems in life.
    1. HUBRIS 2. SOPHISTRY I would submit to you that this is the driving forces behind the NWO and this transhumanism movement. If you don’t know the working definitions of these 2 words, then use a dictionary, as my teacher advised me, when I raised my hand and asked him what does that mean? 🙂

    • One who is a true “Christian”, one who is truly “born anew”, is given understanding and discernment by the Holy Spirit. No one needs to “teach” them. They don’t need to go to a theological “school” either! What has taken over as a representation of the LORD GOD’S and Christ’s teachings is a liberal and humanist version of religion, a philosophical human view point that replaces the need for the LORD GOD’s offer of divine grace through Jesus, The Christ. Humanists and deists teach that people can believe in God in any number of ways that they as a culture decide upon, and can even determine for themselves individually how they should worship God, or to deny that God exists at all, yet Christ and those who became belivers, who were “born anew”, were told and understood that there was only one “Way” that one could attain salvation in the life after death. America’s leadership, past and present, certainly do not teach this, just as many other nations do not. It is written that if you’re not for Jesus, The Christ, then you’re against Christ. In other words, there are “many” who are “of the spirit of antichrist” just as the prophets foretold.

  7. Bravo to Kate, D.G. Drake, Bill and Dan, to whom the gifts of “eyes to see and ears to hear” have been given. They apparently know the truth, and recognize all wisdom and knowledge comes from our Father in heaven.

    *Red’s comments both highlight and delineate the line between “humanistic” and “spiritual” knowledge and understanding.

    The good news is the Prophet’s and Apostle’s documented thousands of years ago, exactly how this would all come down. And as difficult as it may be for some to recognize, it is in fact unfolding now – and at a very rapid pace – exactly as it is written.

    One day soon we will all know the truth of God’s Word; this side or the other. Let not your heart be troubled! Christianity is not a “RELIGION”; it is a REALITY.

  8. They make lists of us…we make lists of them.

    The opposite of authoritarianism is not democracy, it is Liberty.

  9. These are the engines of the tribulation or times of trouble that are already forming for everyone, not just Christians.

  10. D.G. Drake | March 3, 2012 at 6:22 am |

    I have wondered why, it seems, that these “kings of the earth” do not realize or know that they will be destroyed by the wrath of God poured out upon them after Christ’s Angels are sent to gather His Elect? Another scripture comes to mind that truly fits this situation. They do not know what is going to happen to them because they are deceived by their father of lies. They seek wealth power and beauty, and like their father, this is all they comprehend. It is what their father has given them in return for worshipping him. Much like what Christ was offered when He was tempted. By this we can see that the WORLD belongs to the evil one. These do not understand the TRUE light of the universe. It has been kept from them since creation. They will never understand it, see it or partake of it. So true that these words remain and will never be altered by any power. As it is written, so it is. “The darkness can not comprehend the light”.

    • Flesh can not enter into the Holy Kingdom of GOD. These people are “children of the flesh”. The only way for anyones eyes and ears to be opened is for the Holy Spirit to reveal The Truth to them. The threshing has begun in separating the wheat from the tares.

    • Thats right, D.G. 1 Peter 1:7-8 “Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner. And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed”

  11. Great article… but you missed a very apropos quote from THS: (referring to another character’s urging that they–the good guys–go to the public to expose the N.I.C.E conspiracy). Ransom: “It could not be done now… they have an engine called the press by which the people are deceived.” Indeed.

    • rex-the place to expose the conspiracy would be the church.But they have been bought with 30 pieces of silver from the IRS and so will not speak.Sorry I have no answer.

  12. This is a pretty good explanation of the game being played on this rock. What is going on is the sequentials are trying to make us all the same and bring us under one system of world government, fascism. With two classes of people, the elite that rule and the peasants. Individuality and any resemblance of freedom is to be squashed like a bug. They are running out of time and will not succeed, this game is almost over.

    • They aren’t running out of time Dan. They started doing it when the Revolutionary War was over. To govern means to control.

      When I was young I worked on farms and ranches a couple of times. These are great places to learn about how to control animals. In later years I realized control was accomplished two ways.

      1. Control of the food source. The animal will do whatever it has to do to obtain food when it gets hungry enough. Frankl points this out, without meaning to in his Man’s Search for Meaning, which was written about the German POW camps during WWII.

      2. Control of the animals thoughts and actions through the use of confinement, pain and confusion, the confusion being brought about by the disruption of the norm through the use of pain and noise. I have seen wild eyed animals injure themselves severely trying to just get away.

      The media leads us to believe…the legal system will both confine one and cause them pain if the deviate from the norm. The process is called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which was and is used by various governments to brainwash and control those whom they want to obtain something from. Look at what is done to the citizens who are taken hostage by various countries.

      I watched a portion of something called Faces of Death once many years ago. In one scene a cow was led to slaughter and stood peacefully while it was killed because it trusted the person who owned it, the one who controlled its food movement.

      Is this not what is being done to the masses?

      One last observation; God ain’t gonna make it right people. If it comes to a Bible or Kevlar Body Armor I’ll take the latter.

      • God ain’t gonna make it right? The Bible is so accurate as to the struggle of mankind it isn’t even funny. I know how the elite think because it’s explained in the Bible. I can’t answer why some things happen from an individual standpoint but again, The Bible explains everything I have had to deal with in my life and why. Trust Jesus and get on your knees daily for 1 month and pray to him. Myself and millions others will testify He will reveal himself to you. If you find after a day or two you entertain thoughts that “this is useless” you are listening to the enemy. Don’t entertain it and keep praying. Your last two sentences tell me you are listening to the wrong spirits. The Bible talks about this Phaenomenon.

      • Ron Paul and Kevlar Body Armor are not going to be enough and neither is the Bible that is never read or understood. The value of the Bible is that it reveals the God of the universe who created it all and sustains it by His mighty hand. He has said “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart.” He loves you and desires you to know him.

      • “God ain’t gonna make it right…”. Typical humanist response. The Lord God is Lord over all creation, whether you like it, or not. The Lord God punishes the wicked by giving them over to their human passions, their human desires, which only leads to increasingly destructive consequences. The history books of human civilization are overflowing with the examples! There comes a point where there is no turning back for human civilization, no saving of humanity, and the grace of the Lord God is removed completely. The destruction of humanity will then commence because wickedness will have taken over.

    • Really? Nearly a century ago, Drug Prohibition established the Precedent that has all but nullified Unalienable Rights. What could be a Precedent more devastating to the Idea of Individual Rights than the power to punish an Individual for self-medicating absent permission from a doctor made an agent of the state by Unlawful Statutes? It is difficult to imagine a more evil Power Precedent since withholding an Individual’s natural right to relieve his own suffering is morally equivalent to inflicting the suffering. Drug Prohibition facilitates legal, albeit unlawful, Crimes of Force.

      Two questions foremost in the mind of every American not favored by the Establishment ought to be:

      1. How can WE the People end the unlawful rule of America by juris doctors and career office holders?

      2. How can WE the People force legislators and judges to respect Unalienable Rights?

      The ballot alone will not suffice.

      No Foreign enemy could have damaged the American Ideal as deeply as America’s own incompetent Office Holders. The American Ideal is expressed with incomparable eloquence in the unamendable Unanimous Declaration approved by Congress in July 1776.

      Perhaps it is time Americans made use of the Nuremberg Precedent in response to the Crimes Against Humanity facilitated by the growing number of unlawful statutes.

      WE hold these Truths…

      Tinsley Grey Sammons

      • Crimes against humanity? Humanity commits crimes against the commandments of the LORD GOD all the time! Human’s even openly woship and serve other god’s, and even Lucifer! They create graven images to bow down to and worship! They take the name of the LORD GOD in vain! They dishonor their fathers and mothers! They kill! They commit adultery! They bear false witness! They covet anothers house, wife, servants, and just about anything else that the Jones’s have in this capitalistic technocratic rat-race!

  13. If one reads “That Hideous Strength”, part of the Space Trilogy, it becomes apparent that, though all too likely these thoughts are prevalent in the minds of the technocrats, they constitute a definite madness. Those who know any of this class personally cannot fail to mark that these individuals are willfully insane, if sanity requires any grasp of reality.

    • Yep, I have met a congressman, they are insane narcissists, and to a man/woman, are totally devoid of true wisdom, or the ability to learn. It is truly sad and at the same time maddening.

  14. I too am with C.S.Lewis on this topic. The elites will not succeed in realizing their ‘Utopia’. From a biblical perspective, there will be a great ‘falling away’ and then the Christ returns.
    The final chapter has already been written, and it isn’t what the NWO folks envision.

    • Exactly

    • Besides, what’s their definition of “success”? Killing us all off? As we have seen from history once they get rid of us they’ll jum on each other until there’s no man standing because these are people who hate their own kind. But even before it gets to this they will have so many divisions in the ranks that they’ll never make it in reality. There’re too many things happening for one organization to control, too many smart people outside the system, it is just impossible to succeed

  15. These people have poisoned their own minds with their own leisure, which they have chosen to use entirely for the purpose of self aggrandizement. With the rise of fiat currencies, we see the vehicle fore their genocidal eugenic philosophies. The only thing anyone is ever going to rise above is the shitpile these psychotic narcissists leave behind after their pathetic plots implode in chaos and societal collapse.

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