Posted in my Biotechnology class:
Posted by Chad Thu Jan 19 12:03:55 2006.
Message: Quite honestly, I’m not really sure how to take cloning just yet. I can see so much potential for abuse, which really scares me. My concern is that movies like “The Island” will become somewhat of a reality. For those that haven’t seen it, it’s a pretty fantastic movie about “commercial human cloning”.
I know, I know…I’ve watched one too many movies 🙂
Posted by XxXxXxX (Biotech Professor) Sun Jan 22 10:31:27 2006.
Message: Cool, thanks for sending us to the trailers for the movie. Way out there as far as reality goes but these type of science fiction flicks bring up the extremes of issues that would need to be addressed if we ever walk down this path. Too bad much of the uninformed public gains their “knowledge” and fear of science from such fabricated stories.
Posted by Chad Sun Jan 22 23:51:19 2006.
Message: Way out there as far as reality goes
Without a doubt. I don’t see something that extreme happening, but it’s a good discussion starter. I’m the kind of person that you might have to convince that cloning is a good thing. I’d really like to know the true benefits of cloning other than scientific curiousity. Yes, I’m not very informed on cloning, so I’m thinking I could be one of those people who need to be told more about it to understand it better.
but these type of science fiction flicks bring up the extremes of issues that would need to be addressed if we ever walk down this path.
I understand how movies (and sometimes the media) can skew people’s thoughts on subjects. Especially when there isn’t a lot known about them by the general public to begin with. What better place to learn about the facts than in a classroom setting 🙂
Too bad much of the uninformed public gains their “knowledge” and fear of science from such fabricated stories
I agree. Unfortunately some people have the habit of listening to stuff like that and decide that’s what they’re going to believe. Movies are movies, newspapers are newspapers. While some can bring up some interesting points, they don’t always reflect the truth. Like I said in my original post – the movies make it scary, now I need to learn exactly how far-fetched the movie is.
In a sense, movies like this aren’t always bad. If someone can come out of it asking questions rather than assuming that it’s the way things will be, it’s a good thing. Debate sparks and the truth could be sought.
Posted by XxXxXxX (Biotech Professor) Mon Jan 23 11:30:23 2006.
Message: I agree wholeheartedly. Now, how do we help more of the general public separate psuedoscience and sensationalism from reality? Debate and awareness are healthy. Science is built on challenging current paradigms and debating new discoveries. We all need to get more involved in dispelling myths (especially those who take a decent science course or two). Especially since I know that most American’s, especially those who need it the most, will not take a college level science course and do not question what they see on TV, movies and read in newspapers. Hmmm…when “inquiring minds want to know” is replaced by “blind faith” we are in trouble as a nation.