Thoughtful Science Fiction - Gattaca Gattaca (1997) is a film directed by Andrew Niccol that is based on the science of genetic engineering. It portrays a world in which scientific proof becomes the basis for discrimination. While society holds it as a truth, genes are a primary factor that determine the success of an individual. The film revolves around the Protagonist Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke), who is ignored and excluded from most aspects of society. His life is limited to the ‘second best’ option.
Steven Pinker, wrote a piece of an anthology called in Defense of Dangerous Ideas, where he writes about dangerous ideas and the effect these ideas have on people. A dangerous idea is an idea that makes individuals think and question their morality, ethics, or integrity. Dangerous ideas are the questions that can make a person upset or even confused about why this type of question is being asked. There is a slight difference in genetic enhancing and cloning. Genetic enhancement involves the modification of human traits such as eye color, hair color, skin color, etc.
The big question is, should parents be permitted to select certain physical traits for their unborn fetus? The simple answer to this is no, but everyone has their own opinion on this debate. Yes, there are good things that come out of the “designing” your baby but is it really a moral thing to be doing, after all the fetus is a human being. To have your designer baby the doctors who help accomplish this task perform genetic engineering and that is a scary thought.
In A Brave New World before the children are born they are told in their dreams “Every one belongs to every one else”. This brainwashes everybody to feel no freedom, unlike John. The reader can see that in A Brave New World nobody has any freedom to do what they want or have any individuality at all. The lower class (the Gammas, Deltas and Epsilons) are given alcohol before they are born so they get dulled down and the upper class (the Alphas and Betas) can make them complete tasks that may be harmful or just boring. This makes a large amount of their population unable to have new ideas.
The plot of the movie Gattact begins “in the not-too-distant-future where, genetic engineering in humans is common and DNA determines a person's social class, Vincent is conceived and born without the aid of this technology.” Vincent Freeman, the lead character, is fighting the physical deterioration of a congenital heart problem, and a short life expectancy is emanate. The only way he can achieve his lifelong dream of going to space, is to break the law and claim the identity of a "valid" person with the appropriate genetic code. Jerome Morrow, a famous swimmer had a nearly perfect genetic profile. Despite his physical abilities he attempted to commit suicide, yet he still lived and became paralyzed from the waist down.
Technology has had a tremendous effect on how we live our lives raging from how we find information, communicate, and travel the world. Medical technology is well on the way to allowing parents to create designer babies, modifying the DNA of a fetus to achieve desirable traits among them. This ultimately changes their life. It may seem beneficial at the time, but it can cause more harm than good because it goes against nature. Designer babies could lead to new discoveries, but is it right for parents to do?
‘Gattaca’ is a strong example of science fiction genre. Andrew Niccole’s film explores a society in which science, genetic engineering and perfection are worshipped and has successfully divided people into ‘valids’ and ‘invalids’ based on a reading of their DNA . This film acts as a kind of lesson for current audience , because it depicts a future corrupted by technology .Gattaca focus on the futuristic use of technology to determine the future of an individual by their DNA extracted from birth and the implications it has .The increased focus on technology has decreased human element.
Bill of Rights Caleb The Bill of Rights is the first 10 amendments in the constitution, added to appease the anti-federalist, who thought the government had too much power. The Bill of Rights are largely debated and open to interpretation in many court cases today. The 4th amendment is the right to privacy in your home and to yourself and your property, and the need of a warrant to conduct a search. The word “search” is very open to interpretation, much like it was in the Maryland V King Supreme court case.
Genetics Modification And Engineering (GM, GMO, GE) I genuinely can’t conceive the mind of a person that is against genetically modified foods/food crops. From my point of view it is a great discovery. All organisms have genetic material, including us humans. Today we have the technology start genetically modifying foods or food crops using biotechnology into something that is tastier, drenched in nutrients and healthier. Experts have declared that genetically modified ingredients are inserted into 60% to 70% of processed foods on U.S. grocery shelves.