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Category Archives: Darwin
Natural or Unnatural Selection?: Darwin and the evolutionary success of genetically engineered species in Bacigalupi’s Windup Girl
“Emiko doesn’t meet his gaze, looks out instead at the circling cats amongst the diners. ‘Generippers learned too much from cheshires” (114). `~ Paolo Bacigalupi, The Windup Girl I recently heard an undergraduate biomedical eng… Continue reading
In his science fiction novel The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi imagines a world in which certain types of genetic information have become scarce commodities, tracked down by the intrigues of global companies and hoarded in top-security seedbanks. Genet… Continue reading
“These are floor models. They represent the art of the possible,” explains Crake to a skeptical Jimmy as Jimmy is introduced to the life-blood of the Paradice Project (Atwood 305). The Crakers are human-animal splices that have been created by Crak… Continue reading
Put frankly, I am perhaps a poor candidate to write a blog post addressing Darwin. Upon reading On the Origin of Species, I felt just as unwilling to recuperate and entertain Darwin’s theories of natural selection and evolution as I thought I would. … Continue reading
As a Victorianist with a primary interest in the natural sciences and a secondary interest in contemporary speculative fiction, my research and thinking is constantly plagued by the question: how can we use Darwin today? Darwin’s influence on the Vic… Continue reading
I think we’ve lost it -our true purpose as writers, scientists, students, or whatever title you feel suits your calling. I say we, and place myself in a position of high guilt, because I didn’t even realize something was missing until I read “Ship Fever” by Andrea Barrett. The novella details the 1847 Typhus epidemic. […] Continue reading
Reading the end of Darwin’s Origin of Species reminded me of the recent debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham about the scientific validity of evolutionary theory. It defies explanation that there are still people who defiantly refuse to accept the validity of evolution. Not only has there been extensive research, but it is the […] Continue reading
In my Global Africa class we have recently been discussing the worldwide slave trade which, in the mid to late 19th century, morphed into colonialism on the African continent. Our professor has been very thorough in outlining all of the factors which contributed to the subjugation of Africans. Many of the ideas about Africans which […] Continue reading
This YouTube video illustrates some of the surprising ways people can offend each other through differing cultural perspectives. Think about a time when this has happened to you. Have you ever accidentally offended someone in another culture as a tourist in a foreign country? Or have you ever made an incorrect assumption about a person […] Continue reading