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The Purpose of Pain

Dr. Moreau argues that pain is needless for humans. He says plants and lower animals do not feel pain. Men feel pain but do not need to. We are more intelligent than simple-minded beasts and do not need pain to keep us out of harmful situations. Evolution will eventually phase out pain because it is […] Continue reading

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The Transcription of Science Fiction

Last semester, my gender studies class read and analyzed The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, an author I’ll continue to read in Genetics and Literature. Our discussion centered around the notion of prediction. Atwood argued that her work was not meant to serve as a forecast for society; she meant it only as imaginative, speculative […] Continue reading

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