29 Febuary 2012
The Frankenstein Syndrome
In Shelley's Frankenstein, it is interesting to use text to ask the question, who's interest lie at the heart of science? Why Victor Frankenstein motivated to plunge the questions you bring life to inanimate matter can? Life of Victor Frankenstein was destroyed because of the obsession with the power to create life where none was before. The monster created shows a representation of all those who are evil in the name of science for selfish cuases. We can use the book to draw parallels of our modern society, show that there is a danger that science creates via a personal relationship between the scientist and the creator ...view middle of the document...
The monsters size is so it's easier for Victor to work on, but no thought is taken about how the creature may feel on this form. Victor ignored even his father's advice and remained consumed with his science. In the words of the popular movie Jurassic Park, “he was so busy wondering if he could do something he forgot to think about whether he should do something.” This is the central theme of Shelley's novel. Frankenstein did not stop to think about the consequences of his action to his fellow human beings, or the creature he creates, this is the prime example of the Frankenstein Syndrome.
We can see in science today that we create nuclear energy and weapons, in the name of science, while ignoring the costs of radiation poisoning in places like Hiroshima. We genetically modify animals without concern to the effect on the rest of the food chain. We create ways to bring water to Southern California, while ignoring the fact that we are destroying more habitat in Colorado. We continue to produce vehicles powered by combustion engines even while we know they are destroying the environment. The examples go on and on, and they show signs of slowing. Shelley had an insight into the future when she wrote Frankenstein, because she saw that we can not only rely on science to solve our problems. It's up to us to get educated so as to be capable of making proper decisions about the way science should be used.
What can we take from Shelley's novel and of the modern reception of the day is that humanity needs to develop a sense of scientific patience. In our world everyone seems to worry about a quick fix. We want all the good results immediately, without any regret or concern. Victor Frankenstein behaved exactly the same way. He wanted all the glory of bringing life to the dead without facing the ugly reality that this may bring. We can not and should not limit the learning areas of science that can open to us, but we should take a cautious approach, the patient answers are most commonly the greatest and most precise. We need to judge whether we are doing something for greed or power or prestige, or if we do it in a better place than world in which we live and help those around us. Scientists seem to strive to create complicated ways of doing things, but they should begin to examine the reasons why they are doing these things.
Let me give you an example of modern hits too close to my pattern of Victor Frankenstein. CNN.com has an article she wrote recently on an Italian scientist named Dr. Severino Antinori. Doctor that recently held a press conference and announced that the first human clone will be born in early January of next year. Article suggests that Antinori claims can not be trusted, and that most The scientific community is skeptical about the veracity of Antiorni that he did not come up with proof. but it was not the most disturbing of the article. piece quoted scientists to name a few, and everyone seemed to be saying the same thing. Michael to...