The sordid tale of financier Jeffrey Epstein took a bizarre turn last year with a New York Times report that the now-deceased convicted sex offender had dreams of seeding the human race with his own DNA.
Though the Times found no evidence that Epstein’s ambitious plan ever became reality, the idea was born of his fascination with transhumanism, which is “the science of improving the human population through technologies like genetic engineering and artificial intelligence.”
The Times interviewed more than a dozen of Epstein’s acquaintances and scoured public documents to learn of the accused sex trafficker’s wild foray into human genome research.
His end goal, according to the numerous prominent scientists Epstein attracted, was to “have 20 women at a time impregnated at his 33,000-square-foot Zorro Ranch in a tiny town outside Santa Fe.”
This, Epstein believed, would enable him to improve the human race and contribute toward creating superior human beings.
Despite the disturbing and outlandish nature of Epstein’s plan, the Times said there is no indication it would necessarily have been against the law.
Epstein boasted many associates in various scientific fields of study, including “the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann, who discovered the quark; the theoretical physicist and best-selling author Stephen Hawking; the paleontologist and evolutionary biologist Stephen J. Gould; Oliver Sacks, the neurologist and best-selling author; George M. Church, a molecular engineer who has worked to identify genes that could be altered to create superior humans; and the M.I.T. theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek, a Nobel laureate.”
He regularly hosted gatherings with such individuals at his Manhattan townhouse, Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, and various other locations, including his private island.
More than his often far-fetched and vague scientific theories, the scientists who attended Epstein’s gatherings appeared interested in his offer to back their sometimes unconventional or bizarre projects.
At one lunch, attended by Alan Dershowitz — a professor emeritus of law at Harvard and former attorney for Epstein — the financier turned to the topic of improving the human race genetically.
Dershowitz said he was appalled by the subject, considering that Nazis employed eugenics as a justification for genocide.
One scientist told the Times that Epstein was also interested in the field of cryogenics, which involves the theory that people’s bodies can be frozen and reanimated in the future. Epstein reportedly wished for his head and penis to be frozen.
Now that the wealthy financier has been outed as a sexual predator, most of his former associates want nothing to do with him.