History The Soviet Animal
posted by October 22 at 11:55 AMon
A week or so ago, I’m having lunch with Paul Giamatti, his wife, two of their associates, and my associate. We are in Manhattan, in a Chinese restaurant not far from the
General Theological Seminary. Food is on its way and I’m telling Giamatti about the great Soviet biochemist Alexander Oparin, about his important work, about the Oparin ocean, and the materialist origins he developed to fit the ideology of a godless state. Just as I’m about to reach the most profound point of Oparin’s theory, Giamatti interrupts: “Does this scientist have anything to do with the Soviet Ape Man?”
I have no idea what Giamatti is talking about.
Paul: “Stalin tried to develop an army of ape men. Did Oparin have anything to do with that?”
Me: “I’m certain he didn’t.”
Paul (excitement growing on his face): “Do you know about the Soviet Ape Man?”
Me: “I really don’t. I’m in the dark about this thing.”
Paul: “Read about it and tell me what you think. It’s really fascinating.” A steaming plate of dumplings is placed between us, and we begin to eat and talk of other things.
Today, I google the Soviet Ape Man and find this story in the Scotsman:
THE Soviet dictator Josef Stalin ordered the creation of Planet of the Apes-style warriors by crossing humans with apes, according to recently uncovered secret documents.
Moscow archives show that in the mid-1920s Russia’s top animal breeding scientist, Ilya Ivanov, was ordered to turn his skills from horse and animal work to the quest for a super-warrior.
According to Moscow newspapers, Stalin told the scientist: “I want a new invincible human being, insensitive to pain, resistant and indifferent about the quality of food they eat.”
Giamatti’s head is filled with this type of information, odd information.