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Title: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: A Treatise of Science
Authors: Navle, Balaji Anandrao
Keywords: Thought-experimentation;Vermicelli experiment;Humanistic critique;Cultural myth
Issue Date: Jul-2019
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
Abstract: Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818) is a critique of science and its experiments. It is a thoughtful comment on the terrifying consequences of scientific experimentation with life. It is grounded on a specific research, namely, that of creating life in the laboratory without a mother’s womb. It predicts the modern researches on cloning, and more than anything else, Frankenstein criticizes the way some scientists have been trying to control nature. Mary Shelley’s emphasis is not so much on the research itself as on some ethical issues that emerge from that research. And those ethical issues have not yet lost their social implications. Frankenstein has become a cultural myth of the modern world and has provided us with a metaphor for the potentially disastrous results of thoughtless scientific aims because it raises some ethical issues as to the limits of a scientist’s interference with nature. It is an extrapolation of current science and technology and its effects on future worlds, both living and non-living. It gave a wake-up call to scientists and others particularly decision makers to awaken a new consciousness of the true realities inherent in the positive and negative potentialities of science and technology. It is a revelation of what is in store for humanity if science and technology is immorally or irresponsibly used. Frankenstein is a pioneering and powerful treatise on the responsibilities and values of science with a thought-experiment: a thoughtless research very much leads towards diabolic effects.
Page(s): 191-200
ISSN: 2278-2796 (Online); 2278-2788 (Print)
Appears in Collections:JST Vol.07(3-4) [July-December 2019]

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