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Supported later in the late 19 th century it became a serious scientific study then failing as a science in WWII when Nazis used eugenics to support the extermination of entire races, arising then severe ethical questions regarding "the survival of the fittest." (eugenics,2007) But because the quest for perfection has always been latent in human beings and organizations, in late June 2000, the press announced that a joined project between the public and private sectors had completed the map of human genome. When the two team leaders for both sectors where interviewed about the future of human engineering and specifically about "Designer babies" by paying customers, they both laughed in unison and responded; "Mostly what people want is offspring who are good looking smart, talented in one way or another and easy to get along with. The day when such complexities could be managed is not just a long way off, it will probably never arrive for a simple reason; Genes are not alone in determining such characteristics; the same genes in a different environment will yield a different personality."
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This concept provides a series of social discussions within the film, the first of which is the idea of eugenics in which undesirable traits are genetically eliminated in favor of more desirable traits. In addition, the nature of ‘perfected’ human existence is challenged through a discussion that balances that natural superiority with the superiority of the human spirit to overcome challenges of a physical and social nature.
The paper throws light on the movie Gattaca that depicts high-technology discrimination where society’s preference and opportunities in life is genetically determined. Not so long ago, this kind of discrimination also exists, only that the segregation was more obvious but it still involves a person genetic make-up; that is the color of his skin through racial discrimination.
There is an implied contract that everyone will accept his or her role and fall into place. The implied contract is similar to that described by Socrates in Plato’s Crito, which is defined as an acceptance of the definition of justice that state has ordered, characterized by the subject’s willingness to remain in the state.
Although many people believe that genetic engineering helps in curing of genetically transmitted diseases, it also has a number of disadvantages. In Gattaca film, where genetic engineering plays a major role in determining individuals’ social class, Vincent is born without the help of this new technology.
Thus, this new kind of eugenics, that produce genetically engineered creatures that society deems worthy and valuable is the root cause of society's discrimination of its citizens who did not undergo this bizarre reproductive technology. Because the rationale behind this genetic tampering of human nature is to produce a near perfect citizenry who are not predisposed or susceptible to diseases or to human physical frailties and because this society cannot withstand citizens with vision impairment, obesity, heart and other organ defects or any other visible imperfections, those who do suffer from any such imperfections because they are In-Valids are being prejudiced against and are relegated
Having in mind that life is sacred; I would go ahead and save the dying old man. The notion that life is sacred out rules the second option of the decision. The old man may even die in the processes of saving life, but
(Wilson 01) The main character in Gattaca, Vincent has inner strength compared to John and Bernard who are the main characters in the book The Brave New World. These two characters had once never been happy with themselves for
The author suggests that what makes the whole plot of the movie stimulating and controversial would be the fact that the story revolved around a family who has a more liberated outlook towards the creation of life as they allowed their second child, Anton, to be a genetically modified organism.
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