Saturday, 7 December 2013

A Human's Curiosity and Its Consequences

Gazelle Anne L. Garcia

1. Was the film entertaining and interesting? Why? 
It is entertaining and interesting because it’s a weird and uncommon film even to this time more than five decades after the film was released. At the beginning, it will make you speculate on what will happen and think of the relation of the “fly” to the film. And who wouldn't laugh (or become horrified) at a human with a head and an arm of a fly, and a fly that got a head and an arm of a human?

2. What was the film’s commentary on Scientists and conduct of science? Would you consider it a morality play? Why?
Andre, the scientist and inventor on the film, was so curious about how time and space works that he invented a transporter (disintegrator-integrator). Because he chose to invent a thing like that and experiment on his self, the consequence of his action was his life. After all, "Man is free to choose but not free of the consequence of the thing that he chose." And we also have the saying that “Curiosity killed the cat”. We can take this saying both in the literal and the metaphorical way. This only shows that there are some things in nature that shouldn't be tapped by science or one might suffer the consequences. It’s not immoral to search for the “truth”, actually it’s a noble thing to do, but we should be careful in doing so to not upset the balance of nature.

3. How does it reflect the view on Science and Technology during the 1950’s?
It reflects that at that time, people were curious on the advances of science and technology but were cautious. They got high expectations and aspirations for science and technology, however, they’re afraid that these advances will be against God and become their downfall. In the end, nothing can suppress a human’s curiosity.

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