Follow-up of: Mutation, users manual
Our forebears dreamed of a space
odyssey in the year 2001, where intelligent computers could see their Australopithecus
ancestors in the blink of an eye. Instead of this, they limit us more and more
every day to the monotonous control of this planet. The principle of precaution
has become infinitely cancerous and corrupts the spirit: more and more comfort,
less and less risk, more and more security, less and less courage. We donít
create anything, we donít change anything, we keep everything the same.
In short, we are suffocating.
There are no ideas, no plans, and no horizons. In evolutionary terms this means the following: there is no mutation or variation, thus no more choices or change. The principle is simple; those who reproduce with no change cannot adapt and will disappear in the end. Diversity is life. Uniformity is death. Do you want to end your days as a fossil, with your mouth gaping open watching in astonishment as an asteroid smashes into the blue planet? Well, we donít!
We are different. We are the
We enjoy life, constantly changing
faster and further. We want to become the beginning of the future. We want to
change life, in the real sense of the word, no longer in the figurative sense.
We want to create new species, use human clones, choose our genes, shape our
minds and bodies, control germs, devour transgenic feasts, donate our extra
cells, see in infrared, hear ultrasound, feel pheromones, cultivate our genes,
replace our neurones, make love in space, converse with robots, test modified
cerebral states, add new senses, last twenty years or two centuries, live on
the Moon, settle on Mars, become familiar with the galaxies. Inside us we have
the most civilised and the wildest aspects, the most refined and the most barbaric,
the most complex and the most uncomplicated, the most rational and the most
passionate. Everything is mixed
together on a clear morning and the deadly half-heartedness of time gone by
is nothing more than a bad memory.
We are lifeís secret agents.
Life doesnít know it yet.
We, Darwinís angry grandchildren,
claim the right of Ďnon-precautionary principle. The reason is that it has led
the world since it began. He who ventures nothing gains nothing. Evolution has
understood this for 3.5 million years but the human primate for only 15 short
decades. It is time to make up for this delay.
Do we have a choice? Some people believe so and they wish they could go back to the good old days that they never knew; so much the better for them! We feel neither hatred nor contempt. We like variety, even that of the human species yet to come. At a crossroads, each of us must choose our direction. Our ancestors did this and we follow in their footsteps. After all is said and done, the last evolutionary leap that separated us from our near relatives, the apes, has not done too badly for one or the other. Now that this story is over, we simply wish to begin another.
In complete freedom.
In total innocence.
Far away the stars that await us since the beginning of the universe are twinkling. It is midnight, Dr. Faustus. We will evolve and nobody can stop us.
"In those distant times, most
men had not yet weighed all the consequences of their discoveries. They didnít
believe in God anymore, but they imagined themselves under his control.
They had lost their souls, but they knew better than to do the same with
their cumbersome brains. Above all, they would rather not choose than face the
consequences of their choices. Then the first Mutants arrivedĒ.
Mutation, user manual
As the name suggests, the aim
of a Manifesto is to demonstrate a phenomenon that previously existed. Here
is the user manual for mutation.
1. This is not merely a text:
it is a network of neurones created in the human brain and provisionally represented
2. While reading it, your own
brain has slightly modified its electrical and chemical connections.
If the text has made you feel enthusiastic or appalled, the modifications
even concern these deeper emotional areas.
3. In other words, your brain
has already mutated. When reaching a large dimension, these mental mutations
will one-day lead to real mutation, this means an action to organise a bio-technical
4.Whether you like it or not,
this text is an integral part of your spirit. You have three choices, to forget
it, keep it to yourself or inform others of it. Above all, donít think that
you can fight against this text. For example, telling people to be careful actually
results in spreading it around, which means increasing the probability of Mutation.
5. If you are a mutant, this
text has struck an equivalent neuronal connection that is already present in
you. You feel a need to spread it around. This need for reproduction is the
principle of life itself, the oldest and the most powerful.
6. Therefore, the procedure
is very simple: you just need to copy and paste and send the manifesto to anybody
you like. In a few days it will go around the world and come into contact with
millions of spirits. This is much faster than an advantageous genetic mutation
that takes advantage of a population in its natural state (this is our advantage
7. We strongly recommend your
modifying the text to your liking or else changing it in sound or appearance.
You are in fact the best judge of how it can best penetrate the spirits of the
people around you; a sentence with no meaning can be removed, another sentence
added. The most important thing is to preserve the central idea: we must mutate
to evolve. The words related to this idea are only surface receptors that are
designed to cling to the neurones and reveal the Mutation.
8. The text itself is thus in
permanent mutation. Moreover, the version that you will receive will very likely
not be the original version, but this is of little importance. The modifications
that you may make will be your own personal contribution to the Mutation.
9. In no time at all, you will see similarities emerge. So the next ten centuries will be unquestionably decidedÖ.