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Genetic Engineering Paper
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Name: Instructor: Course: Date: Genetic Engineering Introduction Both Our Posthuman Future and Gattaca theorize that developments in biotechnology will lead to widening of the class divide in society. This thesis comes out clearly in both works where we see discrimination and inequality arising out of technological developments such as genetic engineering.
The movie Gattaca plays out in a dystopian future where genetic coding has become commonplace. In this setting, people do not have children by natural means, opting to genetically preprogram them. Rhetorical strategy is how a writer draws the audience in, captivates them and elicits feelings in them. Fukuyama and Andrew Niccol use several methods to illustrate the dangers of genetic engineering and other forms of biotechnology. Discussion According to Our Posthuman Future, biotechnological developments will have a strong impact in the social and political arena. The most predictable outcome, according to him, is that class division will widen. The rich will be able to afford medical technology that the poor cannot. The rich will be capable of prolonging their lives, replacing worn-out organs and designing their babies (Fukuyama, p.54). This creates a state where class wars can erupt at any time. The technological revolution is the next big leap after the agrarian and industrial revolutions, which caused severe social upheavals. It is, therefore, within reason to believe that this next revolution will also cause a major upheaval in the human condition. This is what Fukuyama terms the 'post human' (Fukuyama, p.84). ...
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