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The Unnecessary Paranoia of Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake

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The Unnecessary Paranoia of Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake

The novel Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood provides a dystopic vision of the outcome of unregulated pursuit of knowledge and control over nature. It is unlikely that the scenario portrayed in the novel would ever occur beyond fiction. The reason being the United States and many other countries already have regulating agencies and oversight commissions that would prevent scientists such as Crake from ever developing his ideas into reality. Atwood incorporates realistic experimental methods into her novel, which eventually lead to pigs being able to grow human organs, and creating “pigoons” that appear to be more horrific than Frankenstein himself. Consumers are the ones to
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We already do live in a world with an unregulated pursuit of knowledge and that is how it should be. Instead of rigid government regulation, we should have oversight and industry self-regulation. The government should stay out of the way as much as possible. The government for example, should not create legislation prohibiting human cloning just because people are afraid of a new race, like people such as the “Crackers.” This would be ludicrous because no scientist would ever consider taking on such a task. The criticisms from others in the industry and the public would be immense. There is no rational or logical reason into creating the Cracker race except for sport or personal preferences and pleasure. This would never occur in real life and is not a reason to fear the unregulated pursuit of knowledge.

Some of the scientific developments in the novel include synthesizing human tissue for use in medical patients. Jimmy’s father says they now have “genuine human neo-cortex tissue growing in a pigoon (56).” Some of the benefits to society would be to be able control heart attacks, Alzheimer, Parkinson’s, and M.S.. This gives new hope to people who would otherwise die or live a paralyzed life. Jimmy’s mother gives an opposing view explaining that scientists are creating a “moral cesspool (56)” and making people with “brains of pigs (56).” She says that instead of giving hope, they are ripping off desperate people
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