Essay On Mad Scientist

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Merriam Webster Dictionary defines science fictions as “fiction dealing principally with the impact of actual or imagined science on society or individuals or having a scientific factor as an essential orienting component.” Perhaps a better definition was given by the famed science fiction anthologist, Groff Conklin (1958) , stating “science fiction consists of stories in which one or more definitely scientific notion or theory or actual discovery is extrapolated, played with, embroidered on, in a non-logical, or fictional sense, and thus carried beyond the realm of the immediately possible in an effort to see how much fun the author and reader can have exploring the imaginary outer reaches of a given idea 's potentialities”. Science fiction …show more content…
“a mad scientist (also mad doctor or mad professor) is a caricature of a scientist who is described as "mad" or "insane" owing to a combination of unusual or unsettling personality traits and the unabashedly ambitious, taboo and/or hubristic nature of their experiments. As a motif in fiction, the mad scientist may be villainous (evil genius) or antagonistic, benign or neutral; may be insane, eccentric, or clumsy; and often works with fictional technology or fails to recognize or value common human objections to attempting to play God. Some may have benevolent or good-spirited intentions, even if their actions are dangerous or questionable, which can make them accidental villains  this was the best definition of a mad scientist but from wiki so not sure if you should use it. Oxford Dictionary states a mad scientist “is a scientist who is mad or eccentric, especially as to be dangerous or evil a stock figure of melodramatic horror”. This is the definition for reality and in the role of a mad scientist in science fiction. The mad scientist can be mad, villainous, eccentric, or clumsy. The role of mad scientist reflects people’s fear of new and unfamiliar things, the fear of change and unknown, and the primal fears ingrained in them since the dawn of time. It also provided new ideas that could benefit our …show more content…
While for a noble cause, as in real life, the mad scientist actions cause devastation to the human race. Readers can place this story on their imaginary “what if” timeline. Today’s technology is so advance that readers can effortlessly picture a new super human race developed by a mad scientist who wants to play God or it is conceivable that doctors are able manipulated fetal genes, in uterus, to rid them of undesirable traits or perhaps slicing human DNA with that of an alien. “There’d been a lot of fooling around in those days: create-an-animal was so much fun, said the guys doing it. It made you feel like God” (Atwood, ch 4). That story line mixed with our rapid technology advancements makes the readers see the possibility. In the real world, we are already playing with the idea of picking gender, skin color, and hair color in our future children. In the novel Orxy & Crake, Crake is doing this and more. “People come here from all over the world- they shop around. Gender, sexual orientation, height, color of skin and eyes- its all on order, it can be done or redone” (Atwood, ch 12). This is also the case in the story of Frankenstein. “"The world was to [him] a secret which [he] desired to divine. Curiosity, earnest research to learn the hidden laws of nature, gladness akin to rapture, as they were unfolded to [him], are among the earliest

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