1. Kaintukee Bob says

    Come on, PZ, we all know you’re on your third or fourth body by now.

    I mean, who *hasn’t* gone out and grabbed a hobo to possess when the weekend got boring?

  2. consciousness razor says

    Unfortunately, it didn’t go as planned, even though he is a big believer in “the big event” and disappearing into the underground cities where all of the celebrities are. Hefner’s mind is now contained in an extremophile polyhedron in the Small Magellanic Cloud, and he’s feeling kind of depressed.

  3. KG says

    we all know the elite have learned how to download

    Ha! Don’t think we haven’t spotted the deliberate mistake, Ms. Glaze!!! It’s obvious your elite controllers ordered you to put “download” instead of the correct “upload”, so the hoi-polloi would attempt to download their consciousnesses and find themselves transformed into toads, slugs, or even Republicans!

  4. rietpluim says

    Is there a natural law that says: no matter how astonishingly stupid idea is, there is always someone willing to believe it?

  5. Larry says

    I tried this with the help of my trusty aide, Igor. I tasked him with the job of obtaining a body to experiment with. Unfortunately, the name of the person whose body he dug up, er, found, was, as Igor put it, “abby, something”. Needless to say, things didn’t go well from there.

    Please excuse me for a moment. There seems to be some villagers at my door. I’ll just pop off and go see why they’re carrying pitchforks.

  6. johnhodges says

    I notice that in the photo, Hefner has red glowing eyes. Not very bright, easy to miss in a quick glance, but definitely red. Surely that is a giveaway to some nocturnal connection.

  7. multitool says

    I am baffled as to how people like this think. I can’t even put myself in their shoes.

    I mean, I’ve been full of bullshit many times in my life before, but always at some point a voice in my head asks: ‘but, what if you’re WRONG’. Then I have to consider a whole lot of other explanations.

    These people go out on a limb, then they go out on a limb on the limb, and a limb on that limb, and then they keep going and never look back or self-reflect ever, and somehow call this process ‘thought’.

  8. archangelospumoni says

    I’m still waiting for one of these nice people give me next year’s Kentucky Derby winner. Shouldn’t be that hard.

  9. Walter Solomon says

    So it’s easier to believe a person “downloaded” his body and is currently living in a subterranean city designed only for the elites than it is to believe a 91-year-old man just, you know, died from age?

    Yes?–Ok, just making sure.

  10. What a Maroon, living up to the 'nym says

    Easier to believe? No, that’s not the point. Anything that doesn’t violate at least three laws of physics isn’t worth believing.

  11. says

    PZ, how did you come across this charming young lady? A quick look indicates she’s a Sandy Hook truther. And does anyone else think Laurel Glaze sounds like some sort of fancy paint or floor treatment?

  12. Walter Solomon says

    @ Maroon

    Isn’t that assuming said believer actually knows any of the laws of physics? Probably not a safe assumption. That said, I get your point–it does seem like some people intentionally seek out the stupidest shit to believe.

  13. Gregory Greenwood says

    While I don’t doubt that Hefner would have loved to achieve some kind of posthuman immortality so he could go on cynically objectifying and ruthlessly exploiting women for ever, the idea of a secret underground civilisation of uploaded personas of wealthy persons living in robot/clone biological bodies in secrecy just doesn’t see like a very parsimonious explanation. Elderly people – even wealthy elderly people able to pay for high quality healthcare – have been observed to simply die from time to time, strange as that may seem.

    Immortality by ‘download’ is hardly more credible than claiming that he somehow became a vampire and will know rule as a prince of the night nibbling on the necks of young women (just another form of exploitation – why would he break the habit of a lifetime?), perpetually wearing the same silk pyjamas he seems to have inhabited since the 1950s.

  14. says

    “Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.”
    “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
    Alice in Wonderland

  15. gijoel says

    @13 It’s not that they believe, it’s that they want to believe it to be true. Conspiracy theorists see the world as a black and white struggle between good and evil.Admitting that there are shades of gray, or that there are issues other than their obsessions confuses all that.

    Gun nuts want to believe that all the victims of Sandy Hook were actors, because otherwise they have to confront the idea that guns in the wrong hands can do considerable harm. Anti-vaccinations advocates want to believe vaccines cause autism because they believe nature is good and man-made is bad. Otherwise they would have to admit that there are aspects about nature that are neither good nor nice.

  16. says

    no matter how astonishingly stupid idea is, there is always someone willing to believe it

    And someone willing to pretend to believe it, in order to scam the first group.

  17. Saganite, a haunter of demons says

    A transhumanist religious fundamentalist? Hadn’t heard of that one before.

  18. DanDare says

    Sorry PZ I thought you were on the circulation list but it seems you didn’t get the Rlyeh Download via MiGo memo. I’ll rectify the omission before CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN.

  19. lumipuna says

    Does anyone else think Laurel Glaze sounds like some sort of fancy paint or floor treatment?

    Also a dessert topping.