The Real X-men

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The Real X-men

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I don’t know how I missed this.  It is extremely relevant and highly recommended.  Elon Musk has Space X and wants to make the X Phone. Musk even called his son X.  The rise of the new-right technocrats is based on the Victorian X-club. Dayz of Noah discusses this the book by Ruth Barton, The X Club: Power and Authority in Victorian Science.

The X-club is discussed by James C. Ungureanu PhD in the article Huxley, Agnosticism, and the X-club which Dayz of Noah cites:

“It was an irony of which they seemed unaware,” write Barton, “that the greatest symbolic achievement of the X-Club was not the separation of theology from science, but the conflation of science, church and state in Darwin’s burial in Westminster Abbey.”

In the second paper, Barton rehearses some of the material found in the previews paper. What is new, and deeply intriguing, is her emphasis that X-Club members formed “alliances…beyond professional science.” They formed alliances with “germanizing theologians, Christian socialists, humanitarian ethnologists, and liberals associated with John Stuart Mill aligned “Science” with liberal forms in theology and in social policy.” Indeed, “commitments to naturalistic explanation and to melioristic social reform linked them to these groups.”

Several books in this area I have been recently paging through include Paul White’s Thomas Huxley: Making the ‘Man of Science’ (2003). This is more than another biography of Huxley. It is an account of the way that a particular cultural identity—the Victorian ‘man of science’—was constructed through processes of negotiation and collaboration between naturalists such as Huxley and their families, colleagues, friends, and adversaries. Through a close reading of private correspondences, White builds up a portrait of Huxley and his relationships, with his wife, fellow men of science, educational reformers, clergymen, and so on. White provocatively depicts Huxley as a defender of high culture, even as an elitist.

The X-club was also fundamental in creature Nature magazine:

And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf (=vacca or vaccine) : and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt (Exodus 32:4 ). ………lolz


THE REAL X MEN | Technocracy and the NEW RIGHT (1;15)