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Eugenic Dystopia

In the World State, embryos are grown in test tubes; people are genetically programmed to have certain traits, fit into predetermined social castes, and are conditioned to behave in certain ways. Eugenics and social conditioning are used in the World State to create stability within the society. This world envisioned by Aldous Huxley, in the novel, Brave New World, presents the idea that science and technology could be advanced to a point where they can be used as tools to implement order and exert complete control over a society. Huxley wrote Brave New World as a critic saying that we might be headed toward a dystopian future resembling that of the World State. However, one could argue that we have already reached such a dystopian future or are extremely close to it. With the advancement of reproductive technologies, such as the advent of designer babies, we are currently taking our first steps into a world of eugenics defined by order. Continue reading

Research Proposal

Title: Lost Tribes, Found: Unbalance Caused by Modern Civilization Encroaching on Uncontacted Peoples

There are an estimated 100 tribes spread across the world that have managed to live and thrive in isolation. These tribes have remained untouched by modern civilization and still practice traditions long left behind by the rest of the world. Modern technologies and ways of life are not present in their cultures. Continue reading

Scientists in Politics

In C.P. Snow’s essay, “The Two Cultures,” Snow argues that there is a detrimental schism between scientific and literary thinkers, which is holding back Western society. He proclaims that the education system needs to be changed so that it is not as specialized, allowing students to gain more knowledge across disciplines. He also advocates that closing the gap between the two cultures will lessen wealth disparities and bring solidarity to the government. I believe that today the problem is not just that people are too specialized and are only knowledgeable in either the sciences or the humanities; I believe the bigger problem is that there is not enough collaboration and exchange between individuals from different fields of knowledge, especially when it comes to politics, which is hurting our society. Continue reading

Women (Not) in Science

The stories of women like Rosalind Franklin, Lise Meitner, and many others are left out of textbooks and forgotten. Not only have their names been left out of history and science books, but their names have also been left out of research papers they were a part of and of award applications submitted for their work. Women have dedicated their lives and made many contributions to the field of science throughout history; however, for the most part, these women do not gain the recognition they deserve until after they die, and they have to work at least twice as hard as men to prove themselves to the scientific community and to the wider public. Continue reading

Solitude Hinders Development

Humans are social beings, and we require interaction to learn, grow, and be happy. What happens when we are isolated from others? The novel, Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley, depicts the detrimental effects that solitude can have on people. The two main characters, Victor Frankenstein – the scientist – and his creature, both experience the effects of solitude; Frankenstein struggles to uphold the relationships he has because he is consumed by his experiment, and the creature is an outsider who is alone and longs for companionship. Their lack of social integration drives them both to become monsters, eventually leading to their demises. Throughout the novel, Shelley uses the characters’ storylines to touch on the importance of social interaction in education, relationships, and science. Shelley’s critique on solidarity is important to consider today, for we live in a world where we are experiencing a growing attachment to technology and scientific discovery, which is shifting our society towards being less social. Continue reading

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