Transcript of Frankenstein and Cloning
Cloning What is cloning? Cloning is the process of creating a genetic replica of an organism. There are three type of cloning: gene cloning, twinning, and nuclear transfusion from an adult cell into an egg. Cloning is a very old method; people have been cloning plants for thousands of years. So what's the problem? identity and individuality Controversies? the mixing between religion and science. People blindly mix their beliefs with the advancements of science. there would be no point in having children and the world might become overpopulated it's morally wrong to create replicas of people it could be dangerous to the organism being cloned the difference between procreation and manufacture of human beings What are the sides to these controversies? one side is that cloning has nothing to do with beliefs and shouldn't be mixed with these advancements and another side is that cloning is going against with the balance of nature, causing it to be mixed with beliefs one side is the side that actually says it's morally wrong to create replicas of people and the other side is tha side that says there's no reason or proof that says cloning is against human morals one side is the side saying that there's proof that cloning is safe for both the organism being cloned and the clone itself and it could provied an opportunity for the clone and the other side is the side that argues there have been side effects for the clones (such as seen below) How is this like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein? What scientists have accomplished with cloning shows the same kind of scientific irresponsibility that Victor Frankenstein showed when creating the creature. Although they haven't taken measures as extreme as his, they never thought about what would happen to the clone afterwards. They never thought about the side effects such as how long the clone would live or if it would be healthy. Another theme seen in Frankenstein that also relates to cloning is power. Humans are creating human beings, almost like manufacturing. Isn't this also seen as trying to "play God?" Connections to Frankenstein Text "...I believed that exercise and amusement would then drive away incipient disease; and I promised myself both of these when my creation should be complete." (pg. 34) This shows that Victor never thought about what would happen if he succeeded and shows scientific irresponsibilty.Full transcript
"...but my imagination was too much exalted by my first success to permit me to doubt of my ability to give life to an animal as complex and wonderful as man." (pg. 32) This shows how Victor thought of himself as powerful as God and able to create the soul of a human being. Scientists today are acting this same way with cloning and think they're able to create human beings without reproducing.
"...I will pioneer a new way, explore unknown powers, and unfold to the world the deepest mysteries of creation." (pg. 28) Victor was curious to see what would happen if he tried to create a human being but the consequences outweighed the benefits. In my opinion this is similar to cloning.