“Man is a rope stretched between animal & Superman – a rope over an abyss. A dangerous crossing, a dangerous wayfaring, a dangerous looking-back, a dangerous trembling & halting. What is great in man is that he is a bridge & not a goal. Become who you are!”
– Friedrich W. Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1883)
We focus on human performance optimization (endurance, restoration & gain-of-function) via animalesque bio-logical (physiological, behavioral & endogenously produced drugs/biologics) not gizmos nor artificial "chems". We focus on humans because humans are pretty much central to everything that happens, good & not so good. We focus on enabling ancestral, animalesque capabilities that are already hardwired or deeply embedded in our DNA but which remain latent & largely unexpressed & untapped.
One sees glimpses of animalesque in our cultural fabric, & these capture the imagination. They are also the reason why Aesop's Fables, the Adventures of Tarzan, The Jungle-Book, & Marvel Mutants are so popular & enduring. Like a call from out-the-wild they appeal to our deep-seeded sense of being: survival. Indeed, who wouldn't want to tap & unleash latent animalesque biomedical superpowers, animal powers of healing, longevity, extreme environmentsal tolerance, etc.
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
– George B. Shaw, Maxims for Revolutionists, Man & Superman (1903)
We make no bones about it, none, we're not sit & wait around for everyone to catch-up types, & we're biased into taking huge & cut-the-chase leaps into the unknown, of the kind that quantum-leap, leap-frog & fast-track our full & latent potential. As such, that makes us one supposes "unreasonable types". Though we don't believe in becoming more than we should be by getting in over our heads, e.g., by becoming gene-edited & making, we do believe in John C. Maxwell's (1947) dictum, "Be All You Can Be” by enabling latent phenotypes. Raising the bar has risks but it also elevates the conversation to a higher level consciousness (cf. the profound ignorance of The Dark Ages).
"The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed." – William Gibson (1993)
We've moved quite some way down the runway since tapping into the proverbial three-wishes genie, we're now exploring more advanced, more edgy apps. Specifically, we're exploring the manifest-potential to realize order-of-magnitude greater human performance capabilities, performance with respect to cognition, athleticism, restoration, resilience, so-called, gain-of-function caps. For lack of a better analogy, we're into Bourne-like caps, the real-world kind, just not the nefarious stuff. The aim, to better cope with fast-paced, dynamic, complex & eXtreme environments, i.e., somewhat unpredictable environments & that require exigent measures. And, we're excited about the possibilities such metabolic biotechnology might have in salvaging & resculpting minds, bodies & destinies, & making for a potentially better all-round future world. We're especially excited about the future possibility of moving the needle on scalability & shifting the human bell-shaped curve of performance for everyone, not just a select & tail-end few.
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