Flowers for Algernon explores themes of ethical dilemmas in scientific research. Charlie Gordon is the first human to undergo an experimental operation to triple his IQ from 68 to 204. His mental capacities dramatically increase, but the consequences are drastic when the operation fails and he regresses. Under Charlie’s circumstances, the operation was unethical. Charlie, mentally disabled, cannot give informed consent.
In studying Albert Speer, one must account for the changing nature of history through introduction of new information and evidence with each new generation of historians and scholars. In Albert Speer’s case, his interpretation originated from his penitence at the Nuremberg Trials and later developed through contradictions made by historians as evidence and information was exposed in regards to the man “who was too deep for his own good”. At the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal, Speer presented a remorseful face to the world, pleading ignorance. This efficiency was rarely questioned, with many believing he increased production by 300% between 1941 and 1944. Early Speer historians endorsed this view.
Eric Prioleau Mrs. Toppin English 4 Honors 10-6-14 In the “Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale” of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, a Yeoman talks to the host of the Tabard Inn about his master. The Yeoman states that the Canon practices alchemy and wants to acquire the Philosopher’s to convert common minerals to valuable ones (Chaucer 2). Instead of working or studying religious lessons, he conducts alchemy experiments.
(AGG) Technology has many negative impacts on humanity, even Steven Spielberg says so himself, “It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we're too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone” (Brainyquotes). (BS-1) Earbuds and television screens the size of walls weren’t invented in 1953, but was accurately predicted by Bradbury to be an invention in the near future and that they will be used constantly. (BS-2) Technology gets in the way of memory and relationships, which was accurately predicted by Bradbury.
This essay will be about two people named Gregor Mendle and Charles Darwin. I will be discussing each of their childhood and there career. One from England the other from Germany, they both hadn't major passion for science. These two people have changed how we think about science at a time of where there scientific breakthrough led to many good things. Darwin's breakthroughs science and natural selection and Mendle's breakthroughs in genes, traits, and alleles.
The Meaning of Intelligence In many instances in everyday life, we always ask this question to ourselves,“What if I were smarter?” Daniel Keyes answers this question well, showing the benefits and hazards of intelligence. In the science fiction story Flowers For Algernon, 37 year old Charlie Gordon goes through a precarious and risky situation in order to improve his 68 IQ intelligence to fit in with others. Struggling through the everyday necessities that others may find effortless, such as reading and writing basic phrases, Charlie is desperate to undergo a surgery that will triple his IQ.
Awakenings is an American drama released in 1990, based on the neurologist Oliver Sack 's studies on patients in a behavioral institution in the late 1960 's. The movie starts with Dr. Sack 's character fictionalized as Dr. Malcom Sayer interacting with catatonic patients who survived the epidemic of Encephalitis Lethargica from 1917 to 1928. This disease is also known as the "sleeping disease" because it attacks the brain, leaving the person in a statue-like condition. Even though the doctor 's colleagues saw the patients as a hopeless case, Dr. Sack continued to investigate how his patients could be treated. As his investigation continued, he began to notice that the patients had various stimuli that triggered responses from them, which lead to his theory that they might have been infected by an extreme form of Parkinson disease.
Perhaps this contradiction is Chaucer questioning the credibility of the ‘doctor’. Doctors are seen to heal and treat the patients, yet numerous times in the passage is the doctor described as being trained in medicine but relying on the stars as treatment. The bubonic plague struck Europe in the fourteenth century when this narrative was written, indicating the doctor helped treat those who have fallen ill to the disease. Overall, the emphasis on words that start with s implies the incompetency of the doctor, though “Chaucer’s contemporary, lists studiousness among the qualities required of a good physican”
Anomalies built up with the fossils they found and suddenly there were so many anomalies that they were forced to change their way of thinking. Darwinism was able to open up a period of Crisis Science when he discovered species change over time, conflicting with the theory of Intelligent Design that God created all species to be the same. For instance, during his travels on the Beagle, Darwin found the fossil of an extremely large-shelled armadillo with a structure similar to the modern armadillo. The fossils conveyed to Darwin how organisms of different species have similar bone structures that change over time.
He reported that he was profane, fitful, and other things that his family and coworkers already knew to be true. From the report it seems as if the damage in Gage’s brain was in his prefrontal lobe in the left hemisphere and maybe in the right too. His report was very significant due to the fact that it aligned with other neurological reports about the relationship between the brain and personality. Almost a decade later, Harlow’s reports helped to confirm Ferrier’s findings in that damage to the prefrontal cortex could result in personality changes (Costandi, 2006). Today, we still do not know much more about the prefrontal cortex and frontal lobe than what Harlow, Ferrier, and other neurologists at that time were able to discover.
In his novel, Invisible Man, Ellison uses paradox to enlighten the reader of what kinds of themes and concepts are portrayed throughout the novel. In this specific quote the narrator explains how he is falling asleep and closes his eyes, yet, he is awakened. At first the reader is confused as to what this could possibly mean, when someone closes their eyes how can they be awakened? The paradox forces the reader to be curious and to think outside of the box and to be innovative as to what the meaning of the quote is. The words “closed” and “awakened” are opposites and provide a stark difference but highlights the concept as well.