What Have They Got in There, King Kong?

The character that says this line is one of my favorite movie characters, up there with Indiana Jones and Captain Nemo. Ian Malcolm has a wit that I admire (and try to copy. I’m a nerd.) I absolutely love the way he says things matter of factly–“Oh yeah, ooh, aah, that’s the way it always starts. Then later there’s running…and screaming…” Anyway, to get to the topic of the blog. The Jurassic Park movies often fall into the horror/adventure genres, when really they should be in science fiction. Michael Crichton, the author of Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park: The Lost World, often gives powerful scientific messages in his novels. In these two books, he warns the scientific community to be careful about the power of genetic engineering. It is, as Ian Malcolm describes it, “The greatest force the world has ever seen, and you’re handling it like a kid who’s found his dad’s gun.” Now again, Steven Spielberg isn’t exactly religious, but this is a powerful quote, and I believe it means more that he meant for it to. Genetic engineering opens the world up to thousands of extreme possibilities. Possibilities that could, depending on how they are used, could destroy or benefit mankind. In Jurassic Park, Crichton and Spielberg paint a picture of how these possibilities could destroy mankind. Genetic engineering, I believe, is best left alone. It is God’s tool, not ours, and to use it as He would is “playing God,” as Dr. Alan Grant says in Jurassic Park ///.


3 Responses to “What Have They Got in There, King Kong?”

  1. 1 leftback92
    April 21, 2008 at 4:48 pm

    Dude, I think you’re totally right. Well, mostly. I think that it goes the same with nuclear stuff (you know, a-bombs and all that jazz). Humans should understand it, know what it can do, but not use it. I’m not even sure that made since; I’m running on like…15 hours of sleep in three nights, so yeah…15 over 72, that’s…I give up…lol

  2. April 24, 2008 at 8:34 am

    Playing God? Nah, it’s “playing human”. We humans use all sorts of tools to bend nature to our will – from diverting rivers for irrigation, growing crops with fertilisers and cooking that food to make it taste better. We’ve even used selective breeding of animals and plants (artificial selection). I don’t see what is any different about genetic engineering – where does it say that God is the only one supposed to use that?

  3. April 24, 2008 at 8:55 am

    It says nowhere that we aren’t supposed to use it. But Michael Crichton obviously thinks we should be careful with it–perhaps we can use it to some extent, but we really don’t understand it well enough yet to use it at its full potential.
    it doesn’t say anywhere that God is the only one supposed to use it. I never said (and I’m not saying now) that it should be a law; it’s more of a moral issue. Just as premarital sex is a moral issue. There’s no real reason to outlaw it, but from what we’ve seen in the past, it shouldn’t be done. There hasn’t been as much use of genetic engineering, but that’s only because we don’t fully understand it. Michael Crichton staged a novel about what MIGHT happen.

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