The J-F Gariépy/Epstein connection

One among the long list of “scientists” sponsored by Jeffrey Epstein was, to my initial surprise, Jean-François Gariépy, but then after I thought about it, I realized they were perfect for each other. If you’re unfamiliar with JF, as he’s called, his RationalWiki page is informative. He’s one of those alt-right YouTubers with an extraordinarily creepy history — he’s a Jew-baiting advocate for a white ethnostate, and he has a thing for sexual relationships with young women with severe intellectual disabilities. He’s just a terrible, horrible person all around.

But he also has some science credentials — he was a post-doc in a neuroscience lab.

Jean-François Gariépy (1984–) (usually called JF or JFG), is a French-Canadian alt right YouTube talker who promotes race realism, ethnostates, and other reactionary views. From 2012 to 2015, he was a postdoctoral researcher in neuroscience at Duke University, but was allegedly fired due to sexual misbehavior, although he claims that he left on his own accord.

Gariépy rose to prominence as a paid co-host of Andy Warski’s YouTube show. After getting into a spat with Andy over antisemitic comments made by a guest, Gariépy left the Warski show, and started running his own show called “The Public Space”, where he frequently invites guests associated with white supremacy, such as David Duke and Richard Spencer.

He parlayed that connection into a gift from Jeffrey Epstein.

Gariépy was a postdoctoral researcher in neuroscience at Duke University in 2014 when his nonprofit,, received $25,000 from Epstein to make a series of YouTube interviews with experts in psychology, neuroscience, and philosophy. The project is still the lead item on the dormant website of the Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation.

Since posting the videos, Gariépy has gained a following as a far-right YouTuber whose recent guests have included the white nationalist Richard Spencer. In 2018, the Daily Beast described Gariépy’s child custody battle, in which his ex-wife alleged a history of abusive behavior toward women. Gariépy denied the allegations.

“I am a white heterosexual male libertarian who believes in freedom, sovereignty and self-determination for all people including mine,” Gariépy told BuzzFeed News by email. He also railed against “false allegations by females.”

Dang. No one ever gave me $25K to play on the internet, but then, I have a strict policy of not taking money from rapists or pedophiles. That seems to greatly limit funding sources, I guess.

What I specifically found interesting though, is that Gariépy requested additional money from Epstein to write a book. He did not get that funding, but he did write the book! It’s called The Revolutionary Phenotype, and the description sounds kind of nuts.

The Revolutionary Phenotype is a science book that brings us four billion years into the past, when the first living molecules showed up on Planet Earth. Unlike what was previously thought, we learn that DNA-based life did not emerge from random events in a primordial soup. Indeed, the first molecules of DNA were fabricated by a previous life form. By describing the fascinating events referred to as Phenotypic Revolutions, this book provides a dire warning to humanity: if humans continue to play with their own genes, we will be the next life form to fall to our own creation.

It’s an interesting combination. He’s clearly endorsing some kind of Intelligent Design, so maybe the Discovery Institute would like to take him on as a Fellow. He sounds exactly like their kind of guy.

The other part, though, is the anti-genetic engineering stuff, which is odd to hear from a “scientist”, but then, as a white racist, maybe he’s also concerned about the purity of his germ plasm.

I’m not motivated enough to find out, though. If anyone (non-racist, non-rapist, non-pedophile, that is) wants to donate $25,000 to me, however, I’ll grab a copy and read it and post a review here. I should warn you, though, that just looking at his book online has sent me a barrage of targeted ads for other books about the “Jewish Question” and white genocide and other such trash, so I’m already thinking it may not be worth it.


  1. zenlike says

    Seriously people, TRIGGER WARNING for the “Sexual history” section on the linked RationalWiki page.

    Also, people should stop starting to write “revolutionary science books” after having viewed a Sci-Fi movie while being high (in this case, Prometheus, I presume.)

  2. says

    Also, people should stop starting to write “revolutionary science books” after having viewed a Sci-Fi movie while being high (in this case, Prometheus, I presume.)

    Ugh! If you must, at least pick a good one.

  3. Stuart Smith says

    “I have a strict policy of not taking money from rapists or pedophiles.”

    That’s a pretty tough policy for someone who needs funding, I’m not convinced that there are any billionaires who haven’t raped anyone. Certainly it seems safer to assume that any given billionaire is a rapist than that they aren’t, given the way the courts treat both rapists and billionaires. I guess maybe if the billionaire was black, there might be a chance that raping someone comes back on them.

  4. alkisvonidas says

    He’s clearly endorsing some kind of Intelligent Design

    He’s clearly not. Obviously, you didn’t even bother to have a look at the free preview on Amazon; you’d then find out that by “previous life form” he’s simply referring to RNA molecules – in extremely sensationalist language, admittedly:

    “It is a fact that DNA-based life was created by another life-form. The ancient life form was called RNA. Some time after the creation of DNA, the RNA organisms lost control over it and could do nothing to stop its takeover.”

    Sensationalist, anthropomorphic language, yes; Intelligent Design, no.

    Even before I took a look, my guess was that he was referring to the Clay hypothesis which, although not a proven fact, is rather uncontroversial speculation on abiogenesis. Richard Dawkins discusses it at length in The Blind Watchmaker, also musing about a possible AI takeover in the future (briefly and cautiously, though).