AstroGnostic: You'll Be Godlike. Or Not.

Fueled by technology, powerful forces are smashing America-- and in fact, the world-- to hell all in the name of the new religious dogma of "disruption". Nothing is safe- your job, your home, your family, your community, your future.

Not even reality itself, it seems.

What's truly frightening is how delusional our new overlords seem to be, even when it comes to the things they should know about best.

"Uploading", popularized by Cyberpunk guru William Gibson in the 1980s but dating back to The Outer Limits and further back still, is a bedrock tenet of the new technofaith, even though we're nowhere near up to pulling it off.  And that's assuming that you could program consciousness in the first place, a prospect for which no evidence yet exists.

How far away are we from uploading? They're still working on mapping -- mapping, mind you-- the brains of houseflies. The amount of computing power- and raw energy- it would take to program a single human persona staggers the imagination (in much the same way a trip through the vast reaches of space between stars does, ironically).

But an extreme strand of materialism has infected the new robber barons with an overwhelming terror of death, which itself seems fueled by a new strain of myopic solipsism: 
“The merge has begun—and a merge is our best scenario. Any version without a merge will have conflict: we enslave the A.I. or it enslaves us. The full-on-crazy version of the merge is we get our brains uploaded into the cloud. I’d love that,”
What's at stake in all of this? Why nothing less than the fate of consciousness in the universe, bro: 
“We need to level up humans, because our descendants will either conquer the galaxy or extinguish consciousness in the universe forever."

Where do you even begin with this kind of narcissistic solipsism? Where's it coming from? We've barely begun to poke our noses outside our solar system (and still have no way of actually testing our methodology) and yet these people have unilaterally decided that consciousness exists nowhere else? 

Well, I'll tell you where this is all coming from; it's coming from the closed island environment of TED Talks, exclusive Burning Man tents and Think Big Festivals, where the overpaid pashas of the Valley genuflect before newly-minted religious dogma like this:
According to the Sunday Times, Cox believes that any alien civilisation is destined to wipe itself out shortly after it evolves. 
“One solution to the Fermi paradox is that it is not possible to run a world that has the power to destroy itself and that needs global collaborative solutions to prevent that,” Cox said. 
The physicist explained that advances in science and technology would rapidly outstrip the development of institutions cable of keeping them under control, leading to the civilisation’s self-destruction: 
“It may be that the growth of science and engineering inevitably outstrips the development of political expertise, leading to disaster. We could be approaching that position.” 
Cox’s comments came ahead of the publication of his new book, Universal: A Guide to the Cosmos, written with his colleague Manchester University physicist Jeff Forshaw. 
The pair suggest that politicians should start thinking like scientists by grounding their views in evidence in order to tackle global challenges like climate change.
Climate change. Of course.

Can someone please inform Mr. Cox that astronomers barely understand our own solar system?* How do these people speak with such authority about planets trillions of miles away when they have yet to determine what's floating around outside the orbit of Pluto? 

This isn't science, this is dorm-room navel gazing, writ large.

What Cox is in fact doing here is sucking up to the archon class, and providing them with the existential justification for unilaterally breaking down our entire socioeconomic system and replacing it with an iron-fisted feudalism in which no middle class (long a thorn in the side of oligarchal rule-by-fiat) remains.

Because if we don't fight climate change there goes the entire universe, bro.

What is it Sam Kriss wrote again?

And something Luciferian persists in the techno-Gnostics of San Francisco. They have decided that our universe is the conscious creation of a higher power, and now they’re massing their armies to storm the gates of heaven and go to war with God. 
And like Goethe’s Mephistopheles, their doctrine is omnicidal. ‘All that exists deserves to perish.
And here's where we find ourselves back in Lucifer's Technologies territory, that in fact all that strange new technology some say we suddenly found one sultry summer morning in the New Mexico desert was in fact a Trojan Horse, lending us the bricks and mortar which to build ourselves an entirely new kind of prison for the human race.

Oh, come on, you say. That's just swivel-eyed tinfoil hat stuff. Low-grade conspiranoia foolishness, not worth even mocking.

Well, maybe so.

But one has to wonder, what would a world in which humanity were trapped- quarantined- on a prison planet in fact look like?

Maybe our spacecraft would be subject to constant monitoring and harassment. How's that sound? Maybe after 60 years of trying we'd be no closer to breaking Earth's orbit than we were when we started.

And maybe our most ambitious attempts to jailbreak Earth would be subject to devastating acts of sabotage:

Around 9am EST, the 604-ton rocket was being fueled with a concoction of liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene propellant when the upper region burst into flames. 
The entire craft was engulfed in what seemed like seconds, including Facebook’s $200 million communication satellite that was specifically designed to bring internet to Africa. 
And although Falcon 9’s creators are baffled by the turn of events, a new theory has emerged that could provide answers. Since the explosion, YouTube videos have been surfacing that highlight a mysterious anomaly passing over Falcon 9 as it sits on the launch pad before, during and after the explosion, Daily Express reported. 
YouTuber Graphics King posted footage yesterday and slowed down the video to reveal a black object flying over the rocket at the moment it met its fate.
Does this smackdown in fact explain Musk's leap into the murky waters of techno-Sethianism? Is it in fact an escape from a far more troubling reality? Why the desperate push for Mars? What is that based on?

Maybe we don't want to know.

Either way, one thing remains true; all the money, fame and power in the world only amplifies one's anxieties. More than sometimes actually.

Though it's certainly hard to muster much (well, any) sympathy for the new robber baron class, given their unending, broad-spectrum assault on the American way of life, we can acknowledge that they may in fact be working from a more comprehensive data set that we are and that their anxieties may in fact be well-placed.


It certainly seems that the new earthside, small "a"- archons seem to hold all the (micro)chips right now, don't they? But if History teaches us anything it's a strange inversion of the "darkest before the dawn" notion when it comes to imperial power.

Empires seem to reach their zeniths right before it all comes crashing down. Spain, Portugal, Holland, Austria, Turkey- these were all the seats of mighty imperial projects, not so long ago. The British Empire was the largest colonizing force in human history, just a century past. 

The same holds true for conglomerates as well as countries, for bankers as well as bloodlines

Similarly, the new archons of the Valley might want to take a good long look at the old archons of the Valley. Remember AOL? AOL were the undisputed overlords of the online world in the dialup days. Remember AOLTimeWarner? 

How about MySpace? How about Twitter? Remember Twitter?

Or how about Yahoo? Remember Yahoo? 
Good times.

Pay heed, Valley Boys: "Disruption" isn't just a two-way street, it's a demolition derby.

I'm not telling them they don't already know. I'd say that our new overlords are all too aware how shaky their perch is up there on Olympus 2.0. If it takes less and less time for computing power to double, likewise it seems that it takes less and less time these days for corporate titans to fall right back down that hill, like Sisyphus and his stone.  

  We can only hope they don't take the rest of the world down with them.


*And how does Cox write a "Guide to the Cosmos" if he's never stepped foot off Earth? I've never been to Denmark but you don't see me writing travelogues about it now, do you?

AstroGnostic: You'll Be Godlike, Part Two

And on the pedestal these words appear:
"My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

"Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelley

As economic security and sovereignty fall away forever we now see a harsh new feudalism unfold in front of our eyes.  And our new overlords-- who delight in smashing apart our world no less than the Gothic tribes of the Fifth Century enjoyed sacking Rome-- are from Silicon Valley.
A new report released Friday finds that just five major technology companies control almost one-third of all corporate cash in the United States, amounting to some $504 billion. 
The report, released by international ratings agency Moody's Investor Service, revealed that Apple, Microsoft, Google parent company Alphabet, Cisco Systems and Oracle owned about 30 percent of the $1.7 trillion in cash and cash equivalents controlled by non-financial corporations in 2015.  
Apple, which has been the world's wealthiest company since 2009, possessed $215.7 billion in 2015, making it more prosperous that the entirety of eight of 10 industry sectors. 
All of the top 50 wealthiest corporations have at least $6.12 billion in cash.
"The top four cash-heavy U.S. industries remain technology, health care/pharmaceuticals, consumer products and energy," Richard Lane, a senior vice president at Moody's, said in a statement.
Spearheaded by device makers such as Apple and Microsoft, the tech sector is gobbling up more wealth each year.
This new world was announced to the reading public in no uncertain terms 50 years ago by Bill Clinton's favorite professor, so we can't say we weren't warned:
“The powers of financial capitalism had another far reaching aim, nothing less than to create a world system of financial control in private hands able to dominate the political system of each country and the economy of the world as a whole. 
This system was to be controlled in a feudalist fashion by the central banks of the world acting in concert, by secret agreements, arrived at in frequent private meetings and conferences... " - Tragedy and Hope: A History of The World in Our Time, Professor Carroll Quigley, Georgetown University
"Frequent private meetings and conferences." Davos, Bilderberg, the Open Society Foundation...ring any bells? You think they were just tasting wines and playing naked Twister all these years?

But is there a warning for the new archons somewhere in all of this?

CEOs, cabals, corporations, nations, empires; they all come and go. Do you remember when Japan was at the top of the techno-corporate heap? Remember Rising Sun?  Go read any of William Gibson's novels from the 80s and 90s and immerse yourself in a weltanschauung where Japan's future world dominance was taken for granted. 

My my, how things have changed.

You can be certain of one thing in these turbulent times: the companies ruling the roost today will be ruing tomorrow, just as IBM, Wang, and Bell Labs (the one-time "Holy Grail" of American high technology) themselves were. 

After all, disruption is a two-way street, bro. 

I guess when the axe falls on their necks they can comfort themselves with the knowledge it's all for the good of "creative destruction." And stuff.

Indeed, antitrust regulators in Europe are already taking aim at the top powerhouses of the Valley. Apple has just gotten socked over their tax shenanigans and there's surely more where that came from. Strap yourselves in for a rough ride, especially if you live in Europe.

"Disruption" aside, there is the trifling little detail that all these hotshots in Silicon Valley are actually doing fuck-all but rearranging the deck chairs around on the Techno-Titanic.

As we discussed in the Lucifer's Technologies series, real innovation is long dead. I mean, deader than Elvis. 

And don't quote little ol' me on that, quote all the papered experts in lofty university chairs, not to mention the bigwigs in Silicon Valley itself:
Max Levchin and Peter Thiel are not ones to mince words: “Innovation in this country is somewhere between dire straits and dead,” Levchin said at TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference today. 
PayPal’s co-founders are collaborating on a book with Russian grand chestmaster Garry Kasparov called The Blueprint about what they see as a slow decline of innovation in the U.S. 
“If you look outside the computer and the internet, there has been 40 years of stagnation,” said Thiel, who pointed to one of his favorite examples: transportation. ”We are no longer moving faster,” Thiel noted. Transportation speeds, which accelerated across history, peaked with the debut of the Concord in 1976. One decade after 9/11, Thiel says, we are back to the travel speeds of the 1960s. 
This is hardly a new theme for the Facebook financier. When FORBES profiled Thiel last February, he blamed the world’s problems on what he calls “stalled technological innovation.” 
Which begs the question if we're so damn clever to send the rate of technological progress shooting skyward after World War II, what has changed since? 

Of course there is a natural rhythm to progress, a time of striving followed by a moment of breakthrough, often followed by a longer period of consolidation. Individuals experience this and cultures- collections of individuals, after all- are no different.

But the postwar breakthroughs were far too extreme to account for the stasis and stagnation we've been muddling through for the past 40 years. We had some excellent scientists and engineers in that postwar (or post-Roswell, if you prefer) period, and they had access to a lot of money, but the same still holds true today. More so, in fact. 

And there it is, that brick wall. Ouch.

Some argue that the real innovation has all been taken into the black; the secret space program and the rest of it. And there's surely some truth to that. But I seriously doubt there's as much gee-whiz lurking in the shadows as many might assume, which is why the Valley Boys are constantly moving the pieces around the board to create the illusion of change.

But at the end of the day the numbers don't lie.

Is this why we see this retreat into fantasies of omnipotence and immortality, of rewriting the code of Creation itself? As a buffer against the cold, hard reality that a Jetsons future will never arrive?

That in fact a much harsher sci-fi future awaits us all?
THE YEAR IS 2030. Forget about the flying cars, robot maids, and moving sidewalks we were promised. They’re not happening. But that doesn’t mean the future is a total unknown.  
According to a startling Pentagon video obtained by The Intercept, the future of global cities will be an amalgam of the settings of “Escape from New York” and “Robocop” — with dashes of the “Warriors” and “Divergent” thrown in. It will be a world of Robert Kaplan-esque urban hellscapes — brutal and anarchic supercities filled with gangs of youth-gone-wild, a restive underclass, criminal syndicates, and bands of malicious hackers. 
At least that’s the scenario outlined in “Megacities: Urban Future, the Emerging Complexity,” a five-minute video that has been used at the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations University. All that stands between the coming chaos and the good people of Lagos and Dhaka (or maybe even New York City) is the U.S. Army, according to the video, which The Intercept obtained via the Freedom of Information Act.
Is this why the new archons are so eager-- desperate-- to escape to Mars or to an inflatable Villa Straylight?

The dotcom crash wasn't that long ago, but it seems that too many investors have forgotten its hard lessons. There was some wobbling at the foundations of the Unicorn Economy a few months back, some signs that the harsh tide of reality was going to wash away this beautiful city made of sand, but with the election approaching it seems that the Valley got a fresh infusion of capital, if only to avoid any undue disruption. 

But after the election? Things might very well change:

Another stock bubble is emerging within the capital markets, largely fueled by the Silicon Valley “unicorns” that have scored sky-high valuations in recent years. The company that started by offering air mattresses in San Francisco, Airbnb, has been valued as high as $30 billion. Even more shocking is the suggestion that the ridesharing service Uber could be valued as $66 billion. Contrast Uber’s valuation with that of BMW ($60.4 billion) and and GM ($49.6 billion), companies that own assets across the globe, own copious amounts of technology and at a fundamental level, actually manufacture real things. 
The continued growth of these companies has led several analysts to suggest that the markets could be subjected to a massive “short,” akin to what happened with the credit default swaps that helped destabilized global financial markets in 2008.   
What would that short look like? Take this grim report and multiply it by a hundred. Or a thousand:
Silicon Valley is in shock today as folks wake up to find Mode Media, once one of digital media’s highest-flying unicorns, is dead. 
The ad network, formerly known as Glam Media, abruptly shut down on Thursday after burning through $225 million in investor cash. 
The bad news fell particularly hard on Mode’s 300-person workforce. Not only are they out of a job, but Mode is offering them no severance pay and health coverage only through Sept. 30 — with no option for Cobra.  
For continued health care, the now-unemployed workers should apply for ObamaCare, the company said in an unsigned memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Post.
Obamacare? Well, that's another scary story you'll be hearing more about after the election.  

Think of these young, whipsmart Mode coders; one day they're the toast of the town, sneering at the bitter clingers of Flyover America from their lofty cubicles in the Sacred Valley and the next they're filling out Obamacare forms. 

That's gotta sting.

The cold, hard fact is that most of these companies are actually not profitable and are burning through capital raised on pretty promises of future world domination. Eventually the easy money is going to dry up and the VC hotshots are going to call in their markers.

It's starting to look as if that day might be coming soon.

There is also the reality that many of the major players in the Valley are in bed with the Deep State and allowing themselves to be used for ever-greater surveillance.

But the Deep State is not especially known for its brand loyalty, as the shades of yesterday's masters of the universe will dolefully inform you. Many of the huge companies who got fat and happy off defense dollars are distant memories now.

You can be certain that no small number of Valley unicorns will soon follow them into the dustbin of history.

So are these techno-God fantasies in fact a danger sign for all of us, a sure signal that even the rich and powerful fear the future, the future they in no small part created? A retreat into daydreams of deity, fed by one too many ayahuasca field trips and an army of backscratching TEDTalkers?


The Valley's Godcoding talk may be just talk but the Silicon Space Race is anything but. When Obama took office I talked about how one of his roles would be to speed along the new space-based economy and that's one prediction that's come true.

But the question remains why?

I have a very hard time buying into all this Mars business, seeing as how we haven't even parked any of our shiny new toys on the Moon. Mars is really, really, really far and the Moon is just plain far. So what's the problem?

There's also the fact that Mars has no magnetosphere to speak of and that a trip there is basically a guaranteed one-way suicide mission.

So what's the big attraction about the Red Planet?

The Mars exploration missions are fascinating in their own way and have produced an even more fascinating body of conspiracy theorizing around them. There are also the so-called Mars anomalies, feeding a parallel community of cybersleuths.

But even if you think the Mars missions are faked there's no arguing that the money spent by the Valley Space-Racers is very real.  And of course Elon Musk tops that list.

Musk, with his eccentric indulgences, seems so far to be sidestepping the fate that befell former Silicon Valley pasha Joe Firmage, whose interest in UFOs either preceded or coincided with a steep fall from professional and personal grace, a fall that would have the late John Keel shaking his head knowingly over.

Maybe someone should have told him that those ancient Gnostic texts that Sam Kriss cited in The Atlantic also give us clues as to the exact nature of those enticing riddles in the sky.

Maybe somebody should tell the Space-Racers that those same ancient texts warn us that we're probably not going anywhere in those shiny new toys either...


AstroGnostic: You'll Be Godlike, Part One

Whoever wins the upcoming US Presidential election is going to find themselves in the unenviable position of being totally despised by one-half of the American electorate, to the extent that the country may in fact become ungovernable. That would be a tough, perhaps untenable, situation for the most talented politician.

That's a description I wouldn't waste on either of the leading Presidential candidates.  Not even close.

Hillary Clinton has the advantage of the support of the entire Establishment (even major sectors of the GOP Establishment), which has now come to include Silicon Valley and its tributaries. Yet, like so much of the Establishment, much of Silicon Valley is actively at war with most of the country, even those with whom they ostensibly might ally themselves with.

It's a war of attrition, a sustained and unrelenting attack, not only on the American middle class (an enterprise the entire global hierarchy is devoted to) but on the socioeconomic, political and communication infrastructures of the entire planet.

Why? Because they can. Atlantic columnist Sam Kriss writes:
Silicon Valley's) culture is pathologically fixated on the notion of ‘disruption.’ Tech products no longer feel like something offered to the public, but something imposed: The great visionary looks at the way everyone is doing something, and decides, single-handedly, to change it. 
Propped up by an endless font of Deep State money, the Valley thrives on an almost completely artificial environment devoted to the global program of radical culture-change, through supply-side economies built practically in defiance of consumer demand. Companies are valued almost hilariously in relation to their actual worth and burn through capital like drunken sailors on liberty.

The only real work being done is on the Panopticon.

The Valley's corporate culture is politically and socially uniform to an extent that would embarrass Stalinist Russia, and serves to occupy potentially troublesome young turks by throwing huge piles of money at them for vague, often almost-indefinable objectives.

Many see the entire enterprise as a house built on sand and call the high-flying startups there "unicorns", a reference to their sense of financial unreality. And Internet-based companies are sitting on the powder-keg of recent revelations that digital advertising simply doesn't work as promised. 

Despite hosting the Valley and Hollywood, California is now the poorest and most unequal state in the nation. Once the dream destination of many Americans, a mind-staggering five million people have migrated out of California in recent years, predominantly middle-class taxpayers.

This is the model Silicon Valley wishes to export to the rest of America. Kriss:
Wealth is being concentrated in fewer hands, we own less and less of our own lives, and meanwhile these brave entrepreneurs are automating ever more decent-paying jobs, turning humanity into an ungrateful sea of surplus flesh, to be connected and quantified but not necessarily fed, because that’s what progress looks like. 

And why stop there? Why not declare war on reality itself?
Kriss writes further that, "the tech industry is moving into territory once cordoned off for the occult. Why shouldn’t the fate of the entire cosmos be in the hands of programmers hiding from the California sun, to keep or destroy as they wish?"

What Kriss is referring to is based on a New Yorker profile of a Valley hotshot, who reports that to some movers and shakers in the tech industry, Creation itself needs to be hacked:
Many people in Silicon Valley have become obsessed with the simulation hypothesis, the argument that what we experience as reality is in fact fabricated in a computer; two tech billionaires have gone so far as to secretly engage scientists to work on breaking us out of the simulation. 
And while Transhumanism is a punchline to most of the scientific world, it's still a hot property in the Valley's cubicles and corner offices. Despite absolutely zero evidence that "uploading" is in any way feasible, it remains a potent fantasy to the young power brokers in the sun-baked hills of Northern California:
“The merge has begun—and a merge is our best scenario. Any version without a merge will have conflict: we enslave the A.I. or it enslaves us. The full-on-crazy version of the merge is we get our brains uploaded into the cloud. I’d love that,” he said. “We need to level up humans, because our descendants will either conquer the galaxy or extinguish consciousness in the universe forever. What a time to be alive!”
Since The Matrix is still the obvious, shared reference point for simulated reality, it's inevitable that discussions of Gnosticism get pulled out of the quiver, though Kriss seems a lot more tutored in the ancient heresy than most: 
Its real antecedents are the Gnostics, an early Christian sect who believed that the physical universe was the creation of the demiurge, Samael or Ialdaboath, sometimes figured as a snake with the head of a lion, a blind and stupid god who creates his false world in imperfect imitation of the real Creator. This world is a distorted mirror, an image; in other words, a kind of software.
Kriss is referring here to The Hypostasis of the Archons, the notorious Gnostic text that declared war on the Genesis account of Creation. Here's its take on Yahweh:
Their chief is blind; because of his power and his ignorance and his arrogance he said, with his power, "It is I who am God; there is none apart from me." When he said this, he sinned against the entirety. And this speech got up to incorruptibility; then there was a voice that came forth from incorruptibility, saying, "You are mistaken, Samael" – which is, "god of the blind."
I can't help but wonder if Kriss reads The Secret Sun, since we looked at the Garden of Eden myth in the context of the Lucifer archetype here and previously in the context of Jack Kirby's Devil Dinosaur:
The Gnostics were often accused by other early Christians of Satanism, and they might have had a point: Many identified the jealous, petty, prurient God of the Old Testament with the Demiurge, while sects such as the Ophites revered the serpent in the Garden of Eden as the first to offer knowledge to humanity, freeing them from their first cage. 
And here we venture into Lucifer's Technologies territory, a reasonable destination if you judge digital technology by the "By Their Fruits Shall Ye Know Them" yardstick. Kriss:
And something Luciferian persists in the techno-Gnostics of San Francisco. They have decided that our universe is the conscious creation of a higher power, and now they’re massing their armies to storm the gates of heaven and go to war with God. 
And like Goethe’s Mephistopheles, their doctrine is omnicidal. ‘All that exists deserves to perish.’
"All that exists deserves to perish."  

It's all in the pursuit of a more perfect creation. We've heard this all before; so if 2016 America feels like China during the Cultural Revolution, there are very compelling reasons for that.
Elon Musk and his co-religionists aren’t actually blinded by artifice; they’re fixated on a strange and outdated notion that somewhere, there has to be a concrete reality—they’ve just decided that it’s not this one....What’s far more worrying is the fact that the people who want to destroy the only world we really have are also the people increasingly in charge of it.
I have bad news for you: an election isn't going to change that.

This is a strange diversion for Musk, however. He's this guy, remember?
Elon Musk said Tuesday that a self-sustaining colony of people could be living on Mars within 50 to 150 years. 
The SpaceX CEO laid out his plan to colonize the Red Planet at the International Astronautical Congress, a meeting of multiple international space exploration associations in Guadalajara, Mexico. 
Musk has long said he wants to make humans an "interplanetary species," and on Tuesday he addressed many of the technical, safety and cost challenges he'll face. 
His goal is to bring the price of a ticket to Mars down to around $200,000 per person -- about the median price of a house in the U.S. Compare that to $10 billion, which is what Musk said it would cost to go to Mars using current technology.
Gnosticism is an outsider proposition, an introvert's game. This "simulated reality" meme doesn't feel like it's informed by historical Gnosticism at all, really. Unless you call The Matrix Special Edition DVD, "Gnosticism".

It feels more like an ego trip for overpaid overachievers: God is the ultimate coder and Creation nothing more than an incredibly well-rendered sim. These new robber barons can crash the whole damn program and rebuild it in their image. Because, hey man, PayPal.

But maybe there's something else afoot here.

Maybe this is a very sophisticated ontological virus, implanted in the Valley to ultimately crash the whole damn system. Someone has insinuated an absolutely unachievable goal for these would-be Masters of the Universe, in the same way that Transhumanism has implanted a pathological terror of death deep in their hearts.

Make no mistake here: planting the seed of the possibility of rewriting the code of Creation itself is going to wriggle into 180 IQ brains like a hairworm, and tantalize them with the unreachable possibility of Godhood, the last to-do on their golden bucket-lists. 

Good luck prying it out. I mean, uploading is still a hot topic with these guys.

I think a whole shit-ton of money is going to be spent on a whole lot of quixotic projects, projects that may become preoccupations for some of these Big Dreamers, in the same way a lot of robber baron money was spent chasing after the promises of Spiritualists and Theosophists.

Maybe someone is using the Valley's power against itself. Maybe we're seeing a lot of that these days.

After all, chasing after the grail of God-coding is more palatable than following the other implication of Hypostasis of the Archons to its logical conclusion. Even though that road is paved with a hell of a lot more evidence...