I recently watched the 2003 version of 'The Hulk' and noticed a interesting line that Nick Nolte's character speaks in the movie.
It was interesting to me that it ties in the idea of 'improving human DNA' with the idea of 'knowledge of one's self' - a masonic, gnostic, and 'contemplative' idea.
I also find it interesting how all of this also seems to tie in with the idea of 'transhumanism':
Hulk (2003) - David Banner is a genetics researcher who experiments on himself, trying to improve human DNA. Once his wife gives birth to their son Bruce, David realizes his mutant DNA has been passed on and attempts to find a cure for his son's condition.
Nick Nolte (David Banner, Bruce's father) states - "I tried to improve on the limits in myself. To improve on nature - my nature. Knowledge of one's self - It's the only path to the truth that gives men the power to go beyond God's boundaries..."
Gnosticism - Learning; knowledge of oneself.
Contemplative - Going 'within' to know God & one's true self.
Masonry - Improving oneself through self discovery.
Transhumanism - Enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.
All of these means of 'improvement' are through man's efforts rather than God's. It is striving, and is doomed to eventual failure.
Titus 3:9 "But avoid foolish strivings ...for they are unprofitable and vain."