Accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein reportedly wanted to impregnate as many as 20 women at a time in order to sprinkle his DNA all over the human race, forever altering the world's gene pool.
Epstein was charged with sexual trafficking earlier this month, but has insisted he is innocent. He was in the news last week after prison guards discovered him in a semi-conscious state in a New York prison cell.
The wealthy financier is being held at Metropolitan Correctional Center ahead of his trial for conspiracy and sex trafficking. You can read more about the allegations against Epstein here.
What are the details?
According to a Wednesday report by The New York Times, Epstein hoped to "seed" the human race with his own DNA, using his New Mexico ranch as a theoretical — and fertile — breeding ground.
Epstein was reportedly quite intrigued by transhumanism, modern-day concepts of eugenics, and genetic engineering.
The outlet reported that Epstein even went as far in his desires as to reach out to scientists about his dream, but was quick to point out that there is "no evidence that it ever came to fruition."
Four people reportedly familiar with Epstein's thinking told the Times that he was interested in the concept of seeding the population since the early 2000s. Epstein reportedly wanted to impregnate 20 women at a time, according to Jaron Lanier, who is a writer and computer scientist. Lanier allegedly heard about Epstein's interest in the subject through a NASA scientist that reportedly spoke with Epstein about the concept.
According to Mr. Lanier, the NASA scientist said Mr. Epstein had based his idea for a baby ranch on accounts of the Repository for Germinal Choice, which was to be stocked with the sperm of Nobel laureates who wanted to strengthen the human gene pool. (Only one Nobel Prize winner has acknowledged contributing sperm to it. The repository discontinued operations in 1999.)
Other sources said that they spoke to Epstein firsthand regarding the idea.
The outlet also reported that Epstein — who surrounded himself with prominent scientists throughout his life — boasted about wanting to have both his head and penis to be cryogenically frozen after his death. Some of those scientists include Nobel Prize-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann, Stephen Hawking, and more. Many of these scientists and thinkers "gathered at dinner parties" at Epstein's Manhattan, New York, compound.
Harvard University professor and cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker told the outlet that he became wary of Epstein and his methods after attending some of the wealthy financier's "salons and coffee klatsches." The Times reported that Epstein would also often dangle financial incentives in front of those who piqued his interest.
"He would abruptly change the subject, ADD-style, dismiss an observation with an adolescent wisecrack," Pinker said, and referred to Epstein as an "intellectual impostor."
For his part, Pinker insisted that he never took any support — financial or otherwise — from Epstein.
"Needless to say, I find Epstein's behavior reprehensible," he told the Times.
Epstein's lawyers did not respond to the Times' request for comment.
You can read the full report here.