I hope everyone has had a chance to read LVB's article on Imma Bee by Black Eyed Peas. Rather than writing a regular comment, I'm writing an article to highlight some alternative interpretations that I have come up with. I just want to point out up front that I would never have come up with these observations without the stimulus from LVB's article.
First I want to say that my favorite part of his article is the first part where he discusses transhumanism. I think it is ground breaking in the way that it connects the issues of transhumanism and the occult. These seem like such different issues and yet they are appearing together in many of the high budget music videos that have been coming out lately. LVB points out the cult nature of transhumanism itself.
He also strongly makes the historical link between transhumanism and eugenics, which few people are aware of. After reading his article, I now think of transhumanism as Eugenics 2.0.
So let me now give you some of my thoughts on this video. I hope that together our two articles will provide our readers with a broader understanding of the underlying issues.
Imma see the light
I have gone through a few iterations of what I think the subliminal message of this video is. Here is my latest interpretation.
The main theme is Fergie's "conversion" to the transhumanist religion. In the end she comes to accept that AI is the future as Will says in the beginning of the video.
This is portrayed as Fergie "seeing the light" on the "road to Damascus" - except that she is on the road on her motorcycle. Notice that there is never any indication of a crash. She just blacks out and has a transcendental dream. She is "blinded by the light".
In the dream there are two robots - a black one and a white one. The two robots represent two facets of Fergie. The black one represents the old Fergie that is "stuck" in the past. It is always one step behind due to its inferior technology when compared to the white robot.
The black robot looks menacing, but is not actually evil. It is only trying to protect Fergie from the white robot which represents "the future". Notice that the black robot never attempts to harm anyone. He captures Fergie in an attempt to rescue her.
The two robots symbolically battle for control of Fergie in the dance contest. The prize that goes to the winner is Fergie's mind/soul. The black robot loses and "dies".
At the end of the video, the picture fades from the black robot falling to the ground to Fergie lying on the ground. She wakes up from her "vision". She has an ecstatic look on her face. She has come to accept the new transhumanist religion - not based on rational thinking, but as a matter of faith.
Progress is good. Nothing can stop the future.
The future is good. Nothing can stop progress.
While most Christians will associate this "conversion" experience with that of St. Paul on the Road to Damascus, this is not actually the basis of it for the creators of the video. Remember that these people are neo-pagans who consistently demean Christianity. So why would they insert Christian symbolism in their video?
The true source and inspiration for this story line is found in Carl Jung. Please see this article for an elaboration - Carl Jung.
"It is important to note that Jung could not have meant conversion to Christianity, because as far as Jung was concerned all religion is simply myth - a symbolic way of interpreting the life of the psyche. To Jung, conversion simply meant a totally dramatic experience that would profoundly alter a person's outlook on life. Jung himself had blatantly rejected Christianity and turned to idolatry. He replaced God with a myriad of mythological archetypes."Carl Jung's pseudo-scientific mixture of psychology and new age spiritualism is ideally suited to the transhuman cult. It's strips away the religious doctrine that declares that the body and the soul are one and inseparable which is one of the main ethical barriers to transhumanism. If the body is not a holy temple, then there is no objection to desecrating it in the interest of a new sort of trans-evolution.
Eugenics is based on darwinism and the concept of "survival of the fittest", but this is little different than the old belief in "might makes right" and "an eye for an eye". This is a complete rejection of the teachings of Jesus Christ, and yet this materialistic philosophy has become ever more popular over the past 40 or 50 years. And remember that transhumanism is just Eugenics 2.0. It is a sort of super-darwinism.
If the Kingdom of God is in Heaven, then what need is there for prolonging life artificially for hundreds or thousands of years - or even forever. Is it possible to upload your soul? Is the human mind just a biological computer?
In centuries past, the same scientists that tell us today that we are just computers were telling people that they were just elaborate mechanical machines. They imagined the mind functioning almost like a steam engine with valves to direct the flow of thought. It seems ridiculous today.
How long will people continue to underestimate the complexity of God's creation?
"What a piece of work is man! how noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form and moving how express and admirable! in action how like an angel! in apprehension how like a god! the beauty of the world, the paragon of animals!"
- Shakespeare's Hamlet (1600)When will we finally come to truly appreciate the miracle that is life?
Imma bee the future
Another theme that I think is of primary importance is that the gadget that Will demonstrates is a primitive AI. It's especially important to note that Will describes a primitive method of uploading himself into the AI by saying all the words in the English language into the machine. Also notice the graphic on the AI's screen which is the same robot-face shown on the album cover.
According to the Singularity doctrine, once an AI of sufficient power comes to life then it will spawn a new AI which is smarter than itself, and this process will continue in an exponential fashion. This is what Ray Kurzweil and his followers refer to as the Singularity. In this scenario, the only way for humans to compete is to become AIs themselves. This requires not just modifying the physical being (body), but the mental being (mind) as well. None of this is portrayed in the video. We are only given the "good part" of the message and the "bad part" is purposely left out.
The philosophical basis of this technology is mind/body dualism which can be traced back to René Descartes in the 1600s. If only it were so easy to separate the mind from the body, and if only there were not a soul. But what is a soul?
'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;--
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What's Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title:--Romeo, doff thy name;
And for that name, which is no part of thee,
Take all myself.
- Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1595)Like a name, the soul is simultaneously the essence of a person, and yet has its own separate existence. It is neither body nor mind, yet infuses both of them. It bridges the physical world and the spiritual world.
Even if it was just a matter of making a copy of the mind, how precise would that copy need to be to capture the soul? After all, no copy is perfect.
And how would we be able to get all the molecules to stand perfectly still in order to take a snapshot? What if the copy was blurred? Not to mention the Heisenberg Principle.
If the goal is simply to create a race of self-replicating robots with some human characteristics, then that is certainly attainable. Or if the goal is to replace some human parts with mechanical parts or genetically engineered parts, then that is also attainable.
But if the goal is to transform humans into god-machines and to still maintain that essential quality that makes us human - our very souls - then we have to go beyond even science fiction and enter into the realm of fantasy. Some things are just not meant to be.
True wisdom comes with the awareness and acceptance of our limitations. Transhumanism is perhaps the modern day apple in the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
It may appear tempting, but to eat from it may very well banish us from this earthly paradise that we have inherited.