Friday, June 17, 2011

A Brief History Of Transhumanism 3b

The Count de St. Germain,  how could he be considered transhumanist?  Find out here.

What about the reports of some men who have claimed to have lived for very long periods of time?  Are they true reports?  Is this even possible?

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The Count St. Germain
It is hard to say much about this individual which does not end in mystery.  We have no firm knowledge of his birth or his family.  There are divergent theories.  Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe in their book entitled, The World's Most Mysterious People, give as good as description of St. Germain as any.  But in regards to the most exhaustive account of his life and deeds we would have to direct the reader to Isabel Cooper-Oakley's book published in 1911 titled, The Comte De St. Germain: The Secret of Kings.  Much of the information about Count St. Germain is included in the Memoirs of Madam d'Adhemar, a lady of the court and wife of Jean-Balthazar d'Adhemar a French soldier and diplomat living during the times of King Louis XV of France.  Some who have attempted to deconstruct the life of St. Germain, claim these memoirs to be faked, but Cooper-Oakley stated in her book that "...the present Comtesse d'Adhemar informed me that they have documents about the Comte de St. Germain in their possession."  For those who view him as a complete charlatan, we will quote J. H. Calmeyer from an article published in the Journal Music & Letter, Vol. 48, No. 1 (January, 1967), titled, The Count of Saint Germain or Giovannini: A Case Of Mistaken Identity,
Although it would be easy to write Saint Germain off as one of the many colorful mountebanks and impostors who enliven the pages of the history of Europe in the eighteenth century, it would be doing him a great injustice to include him in this company.
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This Count de St. Germain went under many names and claimed to be have lived a very long life.  He was well known enough to have been parodied by contemporary comedian of the day, a Milord Gower, had associations with Marie Antoinette, Catherine the Great, Voltaire, Rousseau, Anton Mesmer, Casanova, King Louis XV of France, his mistress Madame Pompadour and countless others.  He was admired by some and hated by others in the French court and in other countries.  He had no visible means of support, yet had always on his possession diamonds of high value.  He was claimed to have the ability to transmute matter, make accurate prophecies of the future and even teleport to distant locations.  He was cited after this official death in 1784, through written accounts by others for more than a century.   He never appeared to age and always looked in his thirties.
"Man is a microcosm of the universe."
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He was a polymath.  He wrote music, including an operetta  of his that has been preserved titled, L'Incostanza Delusa (which has been recorded and can be purchased here).  He wrote poetry.  He was an alchemist.  He served as emissary of Louis XV to England.  He was a healer, as has been attested by witnesses in their journals.  He spoke 12 languages according to dairies of people who knew him, among these languages being, French, German, English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Greek, Latin, Hebrew, Chinese and Arabic.  He had the ability to write different things with both hands simultaenously, and could recite a page of text by only seeing it once.  We cannot take the time to write a whole biography of him here, but we shall cite the examples of things that in our view, would make him a transhumanist, at least in spirit.  Even an excerpt from the book Secret Societies And The French Revolution by Una Pope-Hennessy, a skeptic of St. Germain's abilities states, 
Whatever we may think to-day of Saint-Germain’s claims to be an alchemist we cannot doubt that he was a working chemist, for Madame de Genlis says : “ He was well acquainted with physics and a very great chemist. My father, who was well qualified to judge, was a great admirer of his abilities in this respect.” She also narrates that he painted pictures in wonderful colours, from which he got “ unprecedented effects.” It seems just possible that he may in some way have anticipated the discovery of Unverdorben and the practice of Perkins with regard to aniline dyes, for he produced brilliant results without the agency of either cochineal or indigo. Kaunitz, who in 1755 negotiated the pact between Vienna and Versailles, received a letter from his fellow countryman Cobenzl expressing astonishment at Saint-Germain’s discoveries and telling of experiments made in dyeing skins and other substances under his own eyes. The treatment of skins he asserted “ was carried to a perfection which surpassed all the moroccos in the world ; the dyeing of silks was perfected to a degree hitherto unknown ; likewise the dyeing of woollens ; wood was dyed in the most brilliant colours which penetrated through and through the whole. All this was accomplished without the aid of indigo or cochineal, but with the commonest ingredients and consequently at a very moderate price. He composed colours for painting, making ultramarine as perfect as if made from lapis-lazuli ; and he could destroy the smell of painting oils, and make the best oil of Provence from the oils of Navette, of Cobat, and from other oils even worse. I have in my hand all these productions made under my own eyes.”
Two musicologists (Johan Franco, The Musical Quarterly, Vol. 36, No.4, The Count of St, Germain; David Hunter, The Musical Times, Vol. 144, No. 1885, Monsieur le Comte de Saint-Germain: The Great Pretender) have identified him as Giovannini, a virtuoso violinist and composer who appeared in London in the 1740s.  A third musicologist, J.H. Calmeyer in an article published in 1967, entitled The Count of Saint Germain Or Giovannini: A Case Of Mistaken Identity, in the journal Music & Letters (Vol. 48, No. 1) has claimed that Giovannini was not St. Germain but was misidentified.
"I hold nature in my hands, and in the same way in which God created the world, so too I can conjure forth everything I wish from the void."
Count St. Germain

He influenced the king of France Louis XV greatly to the point the king set up a chemistry lab for him and St. Germain to work together in, where St. Germain taught the king techniques of dyes and alchemy.   Voltaire, in a sarcastic letter in 1760 to Frederick the Great concerning a secret mission which King Louis XV had sent St. Germain, stated,
Your ambassadors will probably learn more in Breda than I know.  The Duke of Choiseul, Count Kaunitz and Mr. Pitt don't betray their secret to me.  It is supposed to ne known only to a certain Saint-Germain, who supped with the Fathers of the Council of Trent in the days of yore, and will probably have the honor to visit Your Majesty in about fifty years from now.  The man is immortal and omniscient.

St. Germain Lived Beyond Normal Human Lifetime?
In a book written by Cesare Cantu, entitled, Gli eretici d'Italia: discorsi storici (Heretics of Italy: Historical Speeches, Vol. 3) and verified here, it states that,
...when, in order to bring about a conciliation between the various sects of the Rosicrucians, the Necromantists, the Cabalists, the Illuminati, the Humanitarians, there was held a great Congress at Wilhelmsbad, then in the Lodge of the "Amici riuniti" there also was Cagliostro, with St. Martin, Mesmer and Saint-Germain.
Yet what is most interesting in all of this is that Saint Germain according to official church records was already dead, having died in 1784.

St. Germain led people to believe that he had known Jesus, and had attended the Council of Nicaea.  In 1760, the London Mercury published a story,
The Count de Saint-Germain presented a lady of his acquaintance, who was concerned at growing old, with a phial of his famous elixir of long life.  The lady put the phial into a drawer.  One of her servants, a middle-aged woman, thought the phial contained a harmless purge and drank the contents.  When the Lady summoned her servant next day, there appeared before her a young girl, almost a child.  It was the effect of the elixir.
St. Germain was never seen to eat or drink anything in the many dinners he attended as a guest of wealthy and royal persons.  It is said that he showed his close friends a recipe of a purge of senna pods mixed with oatmeal. It is interesting to note that senna has been known as laxative in folk medicine for thousands of years.  It is from Senna that Resveratrol was first isolated.  Resveratrol has been associated with some possibilities in regards to anti-aging in ongoing research, although the research is still not conclusive.

Apparently for years after his death, St. Germain had returned to Paris to warn the French nobility about an upcoming upheaval (the French Revolution) which would take them all from power and kill many of them.  The passages are too extensive to quote here, so we will link the source for your own perusal.  This information is gathered from a book published in 1836 by Countess d’Adhémar, who before she was the wife of Jean-Balthazar d'Adhemar a French solider and diplomat, was Gabrielle Pauline Boulthillier Chavigny), titled, Souvenirs Sur Marie -Antoinette In 1791 the doomed Marie Antoinette is claimed to have seen St. Germain appear in her prison cell to give her strength and assurance in her coming execution.  In 1835 Rabbi Jacob Joseph Oettinger claimed to have met and spoken to Count St. Germain.  In 1845, in Vienna, St. Germain visited the Austrian author Franz Graffer, an author and friend of Ludwig Van Beethoven stating (Butler the author of our source calls this a spurious memoir but does not state his proof),
Towards the end of the century I shall disappear out of Europe, and betake myself to the Himalayas.  I will rest; I must rest.  Exactly in eighty-five years will people again set eyes on me.
 In 1846, according to a report by Comte de Horace de Viel Castel in a book titled, Memoirs of Count Horace de Viel Castel: A Chronicle of Principal Events, a Count St. Germain is reported to have attended a London Theatre where the then Prince Louis Napoleon (Napoleon III) was also in attendance.  In between acts, St. Germain visited Napoleon III.  This visit may have prompted an extensive investigation by the French police ordered by the emperor into the background of St. Germain.  In 1936, Enrico Contradi-Rhodio (we could find no information on him) claimed to have had a visit from St. Germain when he was a writer in Paris two years earlier.  Rhodio was a member of the Fraternite Des Polaires, a secret society formed in 1920 by two men Mario Fille and Cesar Accomani.

In the 1970s a popular TV series narrated by Leonard Nimoy (Spock from Star Trek) titled In Search Of, did an episode on Count St. Germain.  Some parts of this video feature a church in California who worships him.  This limits the value of the video.  We include the only copy on the Internet in poor quality for your viewing.  If you cannot see the embedded video, here is the link:

We cannot ascertain whether these statements about St. Germain's posthumous appearances are true, although they are tantalizing.  For a skeptical view of St. Germain you may look here.  Either way, it does not matter.  In wishing to surpass the normal limits of the human body, St. Germain was a transhumanist to our mind.

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