I created a story called FunVax. To be more accurate, it was a collaboration between me and a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur. And rather than a simple story, it was an idea for a mockumentary. In 2004, a scientist named Dean Hamer discovered a gene that predisposes people to become more religious. Hamer called his discovery the “God Gene.” The scientific name for the God Gene is VMAT-2. You know those little molecules in your brain that make you happy? Dopamine and serotonin? Well, VMAT-2 is responsible for packaging those little molecules and delivering them to synapses in your brain. This real-life discovery was the basis for my film. The premise of my story was that if a gene can control one’s religiosity, then that gene can be manipulated and turned on and off at will. In the film, the government uses this idea to create a vaccine to “cure” religious fundamentalism, which would help gain an edge in Iraq and Afghanistan. No Islamic extremists, no jihad, no war.
Now, that all makes perfect sense I thought, so at this point, I decided to climb out of my most recent visit to the 'rabbit hole and leave well alone.' But something told me to dig a little deeper. So I did.
Ryan Harper appears to be a very vague character for someone whose best friend is a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur. The article itself becomes vaguer! The article also has a false link to the author, his name is attributed to the post in a bold green colour however, it is not a link to him or his website. Surely a writer/filmmaker has a website?
I couldn't find the original video on YouTube, or Ryan Harper's video channel. (There are lots of Ryan Harper's on YouTube but none seem to fit this character) What character? We only have a name! In Ryan Harper's article in the San Fransico Chronicle, he claims his associate, a successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur was the presenter in the YouTube video, however, he doesn't mention the successful entrepreneur by name, so we can't follow that lead either. (Bill Gates maybe?) Then there is no picture of Ryan Harper himself in the article so he can't be verified on the net either. He claimed after seven test screenings and ambivalent responses from dozens of film festivals in 2013 and 2014, he came to the conclusion that the film was nonviable. Once again, he doesn't provide a link or name to any of the test screenings or a link to any one of the dozens of film festivals' so-called ambivalent responses. (He seems a rather humble chap too!) For instance, when my work is rarely featured on tv or the radio I can't stop myself from writing about it and I'm throwing hyperlinks around like confetti for weeks afterwards, even if it's an 'ambivalent response!' This guy presents a real clean professional article but provides nothing. Nothing that I can follow up on anyway.
However Mr Harper does make some obvious mistakes, I was beginning to believe this guy may be what's called a shrill, a troll, someone employed to say what he was saying. It soon becomes apparent he has a deeply hidden agenda. Mr Ryan is clearly anti-religion and is unashamedly pro-vax. Deeper into his article Mr Harper appears to move off tangent, a little toward the Left may I venture, using words and phrases like 'full-blown conspiracy," quoting a text which claims: “Why are Christians so Susceptible to Conspiracy?” And linking these same Christians to believing the QAnon conspiracy. Which kind of gives away his own thoughts, people shouldn't be allowed to believe in conspiracies or Christianity or QAnon—Free speech should also mean free thought, right? It was becoming obvious Mr Harper had a hidden agenda, he goes on:
FunVax, however, lived on after I stopped the project. Releasing the FunVax YouTube video laid the seeds to what would become a full-blown conspiracy theory—One that continues to spread across the internet. Just as the FunVax conspiracy began to wane, it reemerged last year as COVID-19 spread across the globe. Millions of people shared my original FunVax YouTube video, with added commentary implying that COVID was actually FunVax.
At this point in the article, Mr Harper claims he should have done the right thing—Yes you should've Ryan!
I should have come out then and stated the obvious: FunVax is fake. But so many websites and news agencies nailed the truth about FunVax, even mentioning me by name and describing the film project, that I didn’t feel the need to say anything. I somewhat naively assumed that the worst that could come from COVID being confused with FunVax was that it would encourage religious people wear to masks and use more caution when interacting with other people. I was wrong.
Religious people? Is that a Freudian slip? More below:
Early in the pandemic, someone created a new conspiracy from my YouTube video and spread the false narrative that it was Bill Gates (theres that name again!) who gave the FunVax lecture to the Pentagon. In reality, the person in that video was my Silicon Valley entrepreneur friend. (who shall remain nameless) Although there are similarities in the way they look, it seemed pretty obvious to me that they are different people. So, again, I didn’t say anything.
Mr Harper let's slip he is a pro-vaxer.
But now that COVID vaccines are widely available, anti-vaxxers and other conspiracy theorists are using FunVax as propaganda against vaccination. Social media is ablaze with FunVax misinformation, and this time it is having deadly consequences.
Deadly consequences? Really! You see, this man has an agenda!
I can’t be quiet any longer. So I’m saying it: FunVax is fake. Here’s the thing: I don’t think the people who believe in FunVax will care what I have to say. They’ll come up with thousands of reasons to discount my confession.
Hmmm, desperation in his plea too? He now claims he could be a Bill Gates shrill! Don't forget, The Bill Gates Foundation pays out millions to the media and other organisations and little helpers to deflect, defend and push his ideas.
Maybe I am paid by Bill Gates. Maybe I’m a government plant. Maybe I am part of big media, manipulating them. It’s like arguing over the validity of Christianity, Islam or Mormonism. People who believe will continue believing. Conspiracy theories are a matter of faith. We can talk about cognitive dissonance until we want to shove pencils in each other’s eyes, but I would like to suggest that there is something deeper at play.
Aah. . . cog·ni·tive dis·son·ance [cognitive dissonance] NOUN psychology is the state of having 'inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes,' especially as relating to behavioural decisions and attitude change. But wait, what a strange phrase to use? Why would a so-called 'filmmaker' suddenly use the medical term, 'cognitive dissonance, especially while discussing Bill Gates, religion and conspiracy theories' A disturbing coincidence? Recently an analysis, conducted by researchers at the University of Oxford drawing on health records data from more than 1 million people around the world, found that people remained at increased risk for dementia, epilepsy, psychosis and 'cognitive deficit', (or brain fog) two years after contracting covid. Adults appeared to be at particular risk of lasting brain fog, a common complaint among coronavirus survivors. Brain fog is exactly what the FunVax virus claims to do, taking away working memory, and causing neurological dysfunction. The brain fog is not permanent and only lasts for a number of months, hence the need for 'booster' vaccines! Hmmm! Mr Harper continues:
As I watched the spread of FunVax over the years, I noticed an interesting phenomena unfold; religious people tend to promote FunVax more than others. This makes sense considering that the idea of FunVax represents an attack on their core beliefs. But many of these same people also believe in the wholly secular QAnon conspiracy. Religious organizations themselves have identified associations between their own practitioners and a belief in conspiracy theories.
The second coming of Christ actually resembles a conspiracy theory? Seriously? Wow, he goes on:
The author of a 2020 Baptist News Global article titled, “Why are Christians so Susceptible to Conspiracy?” cites a American Journal of Political Science study to argue that a belief in the supernatural — and in a worldview that forces reality into black-and-white distinctions of good versus evil — predisposes people to believing in conspiracy theories. The author argues that Christianity encourages this type of thinking, and then goes on to say that the second coming of Christ actually resembles a conspiracy theory. A recent study published in the Journal of Personality and summarized by the New York Times explains that specific personality types are more predisposed to believing in conspiracy theories than others. Personality types are, of course, influenced by our genetic makeup.
Of course, they are but conspiracy theorists are not born conspiracy theorists Mr Harper! He goes on:
My experiences with FunVax lead me to take things one step further. Most scientists believe genetic makeup and environmental factors combine to influence human behavior. If religiosity is somehow programmed into our genetic code, through the God Gene or other personality-related genes, then after centuries of self-selection — of religious people marrying other religious people — have we bred a group of people predisposed to believe in fiction?
Faith is a gift from God, He tells us that—For instance, take a set of identical triplets born from God-fearing parents, maybe only one of them will 'truly' believe in God. I believe in God but my sister doesn't and my parents were not religious in any way. So your argument is widely distorted:
Could this be the root cause of our inability in America to agree on basic facts? These questions are obviously impossible to answer. But for the sake of a thought experiment, where would answers in the affirmative leave us? It would leave us with two groups of people who will never understand the other.
Yep, that describes America pretty well at the moment.
One group bases decisions on evidence and logic and the other group follows faith and belief. With each passing generation, those differences would widen.
They have because faith is a given gift—If you don't have that gift you cannot have belief and that is why with each passing generation those differences are widening!
In 100 years, would these groups even be capable of living in the same country together? The purpose of the FunVax project was to change people’s understanding of religion. Even though the film was never released, I think that goal was achieved. Although certainly not in the way I intended. Unfortunately, like most conspiracy theories, FunVax offers no answers. Just more questions.
Oh, I disagree, Mr Harper, these two groups will not be capable of living together. You claim the purpose of the FunVax project was to change people’s understanding of religion. Why would you want to change people's understanding of religion when religion is something you clearly don't understand?—Your right though, FunVax offers no answers. You can read Mr Ryan Harpers's article in the San Francisco Chronicle here
The very idea of FunVax or an anti-fundamentalist virus is the missing link in this whole Coronavirus vaccine mandate—'Grand Reset' lead up to the Mark Of The Beast or whatever you want to call it! A new world order, a brave new world. . .
There is a text in the Bible which I believe actually describes perfectly how a FunVax or an anti-fundamentalist virus would work and of course, that is where you would expect it to be, toward the end of Matthew 24:
24 For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible even the elect.
I often pondered this text—How could the elect possibly be deceived? True Christians are not stupid people, we know what is just around the corner, a true Christian is absolutely aching for the end of this miserable world to come to an end, so how on earth can they be deceived? I didn't have an answer until I read Mr Ryan Harper's article.
The only way the elect could be deceived is by removing their belief, and their faith and that is exactly what an anti-fundamentalist virus/FunVax would do. As I said, true Christians are not stupid people, they would never agree to a vaccine which removes their faith, Jesus is their rock—However, the elect could well be deceived into having their faith removed by accepting a vaccine that governments, scientists, the media and even church leaders tell them to take, in order to prevent them from catching Covid-19! It's a perfect scenario!
We know well that during the tribulation period most people will wear the mark of the beast. True Christians have had that fact stamped onto their brains for many years from constant Bible readings and studies. I'm sure true Christians would all gladly die rather than wear the mark of the devil. We know it's coming. So, true Christians, the elect, will have to be deceived to receive the mark of the beast. I ask the question, will true Christians be deceived by having their faith and belief unwittingly removed by a virus or a vaccine which they think will protect them from Covid?
Below is the video that Mr Ryan Harper claims is a hoax, I will add, that the video may well be a hoax, however, the context is not. . . I'm convinced after studying Mr Harper's article that he is trying very hard to deflect people from believing FunVax—Just my humble opinion of course.
Please stay safe.
By the way, if you would like to contact 'Mr Ryan Harper' he left his email address at the end of his article—Don't get excited though, it's just a Gmail address. . . Ryan Harper created the FunVax conspiracy. FunVax@gmail.com.
I would like to dedicate this post to My Mom up there in the NorthWest. Thank you, Mom!