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Category Archives: Ethics of science
I say I became habituated to the Beast People, that a thousand things that had seemed unnatural and repulsive speedily became natural and ordinary to me. (The Island of Dr. Moreau, End of Chapter 15) I used to consider myself a very squeamish person. T… 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
Well, the title may be a bit misleading. I’d like to focus on two novels in particular: one, we are reading in this class (Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood) and the other in my Medicine and Literature class (Dawn by Octavia Butler). What’s interesting to me is that both of my classes have converged on […] Continue reading
Until the prophesies of “X-men” come to fruition and humanity undergoes an official onset evolution, the meaning of life is very simple. How different are we from the characters in Never Let Me Go? As far as production and purpose are concerned, the average person’s impact upon the world, whether it be their destruction of the […] 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 He also perpetuated several outdated […] Continue reading
Writing this blog post is my pain; this is my burning hand, as is reading and grading it your pain. Even though Brad Pitt can make anything interesting, this scene from “Fight Club” encapsulates an angle not yet considered, and in all probability will not be, except for this blog post, that we do not […] Continue reading
In the 1997 film, Gattaca, the directors are trying to communicate the dangers of genetic engineering and human-influenced evolution. And while the film is not subtle with its reproach of the implied eugenics movement that is inherent in genetic screening, it really hits its point home with its deleted pre-credits scene. At 8:52 of the […] Continue reading
I was very interested in the NOVA documentary section on the patenting of sections of DNA code. As a big music person, I’ve always been interested in discussions of copy-writing of creative works. It seems valid to me that people should want to copy-write their creations and receive due credit and compensation, and I think […] Continue reading
Introductions are my favorite thing to write. At the start of the intro, structure is less rigid. An author can do whatever it takes to get the readers hooked. Then suddenly, it’s the thesis, and the preview of everything I have to say. By this point, the reader is hooked and dragged into the slew […] Continue reading
After watching NOVA’s 2001 special, “Cracking the Code of Life”, which not only explores the superficial characteristics of DNA but also depicts various bioethical issues, I can’t help but be frustrated with the documentary’s depiction of the Lord family. Each of the twin Lord brothers had a son with Tay Sachs, an awful diagnosis for […] Continue reading