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Category Archives: Cloning
Cloning is my favorite thing ever. Okay, let me rephrase. Studying the sociological and scientific impacts of cloning is one of my favorite intellectual ventures (second only to my recent research on the Oxford comma). In high school, I even had the opportunity three times to hear renowned Harvard-alum Sam Rhine lecture at his annual […] Continue reading
Let’s be honest. Cloud Atlas — both Cloud Atlas the book and “Cloud Atlas” the movie — is dense. It’s complicated, and it’s almost dizzying in scope. I know of no other work of art that has covered as many facets of the human experience: life and death, love and greed. The book is a masterpiece, and yet author […] Continue reading
“Everything has a price.” This phrase in Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake is not new, but it takes on a new meaning in the context of her novel (139). In today’s world, corporations dominate in every sphere from the economy to religion and politics. While Atwood’s world in which corporations have absolute control is unsettling, […] Continue reading
Americans have always been a curious lot. We have felt this desire to “boldly go where no man has gone before” from the time of the late 19th century when the idea of “Manifest Destiny” was coined, an idea reflecting our belief that we were destined to explore and colonize the new realm of the wild west, to […] Continue reading
The global population is expected to increase by almost 3 billion people by the year 2100. Genetic adaptations and manipulations will result in better nutrition, superior health, and longevity for these generations of humans. Despite the many positive outcomes positive eugenics can have for the individual, an increased population may have devastating affects on consumption, […] Continue reading
K I S S What makes the World of Warcraft so addictive and alluring is a mysterious inquiry. It is simple, stupid (when compared to competing mmorpg’s content), and surprisingly intrinsic to something in all of us. WoW This media presentation explores the archetypes of racial and genetic cynicism, identity, and immersion into an alternate […] Continue reading
Michael Bay’s 2005 film The Island had several scenes straight out of the action movie handbook. While watching the movie, I looked away for 30 second of a chase scene and looked back to find the protagonists perched on letters on a skyscraper. Tried and true hooks like this surely helped the film pull in […] Continue reading
Kazuo Ishiguro’s alternate universe in Never Let me Go leaves us with an alarmingly depressing view of the future of human cloning. But is this an alternate reality or simply a forward looking prediction of disturbing medical practices to come? Recent scientific breakthroughs, like those made at the Oregon Health and Science University (More on […] Continue reading
Human cloning is undoubtedly a topic that gets strong opinions circulating. While I don’t think I can personally get behind it, The Wisdom of Repugnance seemed to be against it for the wrong reasons. Kass undoubtedly meant to be inflammatory, but in the process he dehumanized and devalued several minorities. He also perpetuated several outdated […] Continue reading
WARNING: SPOILER ALERT AHEAD for Never Let Me Go. In the great debate now practically obligatory in any dystopian fiction (although it’s really more like a chapter-long monologue in Never Let Me Go) Miss Emily explains to Katy and Tommy that Madame collected art from Hailsham in an attempt to prove that the clones have […] Continue reading