Jurassic Park: An Open Discussion of Playing God
While the trilogy was a classic watch, Crichton's novel Jurassic Park is one of my all time favorite sci-fi novels. Whether you read the book or watched the movies, the thought of playing god may have ran through your head. These scientists at InGen cloned and recreated extinct species from over 60 million years ago. Creatures that were beyond control were bred as if they could be kept as lab experiments living on a controlled environment. But of course, life finds a way.
I'd like for this page to be an open discussion about the ideas surrounding Jurassic Park: Cloning, reviving extinct species, whether we really do have the technology capable to do what was described, and who on Earth did not see this park being doomed once they starting hatching RAPTORS?!
My 2-cents on Playing God:
Personally, I don't think the DNA is fully there to clone dinosaurs. I am also skeptical if scientists would be able to yield many clones past the infant stage. Even though the book is nearly 20 years old, it all seemed so convincing. If cloning did work as a consumer-available service, I'd sure love to have my cat cloned. She's adorable. But seriously, I think it's unethical to revive things that were selected by nature to be seceded from the circle of life.
If I were the non-naive John Hammond who had the resources to own an island like Isla Nubar, yes, I would make a theme park. It would be called HERBIVORE PARK where no creature there has the desire to devour humans! Seriously who puts raptors in a theme park? Or a hungry T-Rex for that matter? The shareholders may have a different opinion, however. Sigh.
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