The Butterfly Effect On Human Life Essay

1974 Words May 26th, 2016 8 Pages
When children are intrigued by the concept of time travel, others often warn them of the danger of killing a butterfly when visiting the past. A child’s favorite animal could become vastly genetically different or even extinct, catalyzed by the untimely killing of that one particular butterfly. This is a common science-fiction motif, aptly named the “butterfly effect.” The butterfly effect can be generally stated as “small changes can have large consequences,” but has been applied to many scientific fields, but is of utmost importance in a species’ evolution (Dizikes). While a child traveling to a former time is simply a naive whim, modern science has made altering nature’s evolutionary means a glaring reality, which exhibits the same dangers as a child killing a butterfly: if the wrong aspects of human life are changed, what will distinguish humans as a species? Humans have feared the impacts of artificially altering life for centuries, but the possibility of doing so is now falling into the grasp of today’s scientists. The longing for discovery seems to outweigh the practical consequences that are expected to be experienced in the long term. Even in 1932, when Aldous Huxley’s novel Brave New World was published, the fears of life-altering biology were apparent in humanity. When comparing Huxley’s novel with Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection as described in his publication On the Origin of Species, it becomes apparent that the society in Brave New…

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