4/16: “The Passage” by Justin Cronin (Part II)

We have now reached a stage where almost nothing seems impossible. We are able to do things that would have seemed outrageous a century ago such as flying through the air on a regular basis, transplanting hands and faces, and curing cancer, to name a few. A lot of scientific breakthroughs are made when people push the ethical boundaries of their time, but we wonder at what point is it enough and have this gone too far? As each scientific taboo is broke and assimilated into modern day research, we cannot help but wonder, will there ever be a time where we push too far? A problem that is faced when deciding whether or not a technique is morally acceptable is the notion that moral and ethical values vary significantly from person to person. For example, in October 2012, scientists were able to create healthy baby mice from stem cells.  This led to speculation that in the future, infertile women may be able to give birth to healthy babies made from their own stem cells. Some believed it was a great breakthrough which should be applauded for the sophistication of the science alone. Some were excited about the prospect of ending the misery of infertility. Some people were iffy about it. They became more cautious which caused arguments of should we really be celebrating something that could make that problem worse or the fear of “playing God.” Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to this question. It would be nice to say that science can keep behind the moral horizon and still move forwards, but that’s not the way the world works. What is controversial at first may become normal several years later. I don’t think there should be any limit; therefore science can go as far as it wants as long as its moral and with good intentions. The world is full of questions and the best way to go at it is to experiment it and doing trial-and-error. Putting a limit to it will stop the society from growing and moving forward which is why I believe we should never say no to a human seeking greater knowledge. There is so much left in the life and world to be answered.

An example for “The Passage” that displays this view is when Amy is kidnapped and is used as a test subject for the serum that is used on the inmates that “cures” death and turns them into monsters. This is the act in which science should not further pursue in because it is immoral to use a child as a test subject in any harmful experiment.

There is a horror / scientific fiction movie called “Splice” (2009) that similarly relates to the idea of science altering biology. The story concerns experiments in genetic engineering being done by a young scientific couple, who attempt to introduce human DNA into their work of splicing animal genes for medical use but the new species end up becoming self-aware and decided to destroy humanity.


2 thoughts on “4/16: “The Passage” by Justin Cronin (Part II)

  1. justinalick says:

    That image you posted is absolutely horrifying, it is fascinating at to what drives humanity to engineer life.


  2. I completely understand where you are coming from when you state that altering biology is a controversial topic. It’s hard to say whether on not the idea is beneficial to society as a whole. I like how you were able to incorporate a movie that is based around tampering with biology and make it a relatable concept.


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