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Final Project

With this project I set out to explore in an audio medium the worlds of a few books we’ve read. The principal tone I tried to set was satirical, for the purposes of emphasizing what I considered to be some of the most interesting aspects and themes of Brave New World, Saturday, and The Island of […] Continue reading

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A Happy Saturday

Ian McEwan in Saturday explores the nature and significance of happiness neither dismissively nor cynically, but rather as a fundamental goal of human life. As the protagonist, Henry Perowne, notes, “for the professors in the Academy, in the humanities generally, misery is more amenable to analysis: happiness is a harder nut to crack.” Saturday functions as a portrait of a […] Continue reading

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(vid not related)

  Francis Crick is reported to have claimed that he experimented with LSD, commonly known as acid, during the time in which he and James Watson worked to determine the structure of DNA. This he apparently told to his colleagues at the time, though there is no transcript of him confirming it. There are, however, […] Continue reading

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What does it mean to be human?

“If you prick us, do we not bleed? if you tickle us, do we not laugh? if you poison us, do we not die? and if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?” The 1982 film Blade Runner is a science fiction classic for a reason. It is a stylishly made noir film that is not afraid to get philosophical. […] Continue reading

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Gene Therapy in Popular Culture

  Evidently, toying with our genes does not hold a place of very high esteem in our popular culture. From 1997′s Gattaca to 2007′s I Am Legend and 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, gene therapy is depicted as an unnatural and undesirable practice leading to consequences ranging from the degeneration of the human soul to complete global apocalypse. These […] Continue reading

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Genome sequencing: Public vs. Private

“Cracking the Code of Life,” a 2002 PBS special about the race for a complete sequencing of human genome information and the astounding implications for our health and society, is peppered with indications of outdatedness. From the prehistoric computers to the fact that the genome was finally mapped in full the year after “Code” aired, you […] Continue reading

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