I’m going to talk about the idea of progress. First of all I would like to give a definition of this notion : the
idea of progress is the theory that the different advances in technology, science, and social organization
can produce an improvement in the human condition. That is, people can become happier in terms of
quality of life (social progress) through economic development (modernization) and the application of
science and technology (scientific progress).
Progress implies change and evolution and throughout history most advances have been positive.
However the rythm of progress seems to have accelerated over the last few decades and the
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It proves too that some kind of social progress should be feared because it’s in the perspective of a
better social stability that this progress is established, if we refer to lines 37 to 40 “You really know
where you are. For the first time in history.” “Community, Identity, Stability.” “If we could bokanovskify
indefinitely the whole problem would be solved.”
We have already made some progress in biology which has already lead us to wonder.
This second document is the cover of the magazine “Newsweek”. The title says “Girl or Boy ? Now you
can choose but should you ? The new science of sex selection” with in the background the picture of
two babies, one with a blue nappy other a pink one, so, we can guess it’s a boy and a girl to illustrate
the question of sex selection.
Choosing the gender of your child isn’t “dangerous” as the last example but should we ?
We could say in the favor of the gender selection that it would provide a gender balance to families who
are made up of a disproportionate number of children of one particular sex. In other countries, where
cultural practices and perceptions dictate a preference for producing males, it may help to prevent the
prevalence of abortion or infanticide of female babies.
But, while offering a choice may work to balance out families, sex selection, it has been argued, also
has the potential to develop a gender imbalance on a much wider scale. There is also a concern that by
employing this practise as a society we would be creating a generation of “designer babies” that is,
beyond sex selection, once the technology is made readily available, it could result in the production of
babies with preferred physiological characteristics.
The relationship between O brave new world and the cover of the Newsweek is the question of the
biology progress. At which point should we begin to be afraid of those biological progress ? How is it
possible in O brave new...