In a strange twist, it turns out that well-connected financier Jeffrey Epstein — currently awaiting trial for sex-trafficking and sexually abusing minors over many years — is an ardent believer in fringe sciences like eugenics and cryogenic preservation.
For years, Epstein met with prominent scientists to discuss his desires to, in the words of The New York Times, “seed the human race with his DNA by impregnating women at his vast New Mexico ranch.”
The NYT also revealed how several prominent scientists were willing to overlook Epstein’s disgusting and well-publicized misdeeds in exchange for a chance to fund their projects.
The NYT‘s story is filled with lurid details. Epstein reportedly wanted to cryogenically preserve his head and his penis, for example, in hopes that they might be revived at some point in the future.
Epstein also held meetings with prominent scientists including Steven Pinker, George Church, Stephen Hawking, Ben Goertzel and many others, per the NYT, though it’s unclear who knew what about Epstein’s sexual crimes.
Epstein would often discuss his interest in eugenics, a discriminatory and debunked field of pseudoscience dedicated to steering human evolution. He also argued against medical care for the poor, Pinker told the NYT, due to the flawed reasoning that it would lead to overpopulation.
Epstein claimed to have funded many prominent researchers, some of whom now deny taking any money. Regardless, the NYT‘s investigation reveals that the sex trafficker’s network extended far beyond his known connections in the world of finance and politics.
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