Tuesday, 10 December 2013

(Too Much) Curiosity Killed the Fly



Darwin R. Del Rosario
2013-70296
STS
Mr. Sonido, E.

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The Fly

The Fly (1958) Poster
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            The 1958 science fiction film depicted tragedy in discovery. The film was interesting because it showed that scientific inquiry is bounded by limits. Discoveries in the scientific field and new inventions are results of curiosity; however, the methodologies involved during experimentation must be dealt with caution and careful thought.

            Although the film portrayed clich√© scenes of sci-fi movies, it was uniquely entertaining because of the concept of suspense and horror.

            I would consider the film a morality play because it exemplified an important rule on ethics: scientists must avoid playing God by excluding living things from experimentation and by preventing tampering of life.

            It also revealed that even though science can lead to numerous breakthroughs, it also requires responsibility. Technology, for example, leads to advancement and user-convenience; however, because the user is ultimately in command of the technology, he or she is accountable for what it may cause, whether good or bad.   

            The 1958 film depicted science as the gift of God- meant to be used for progress to aid the human civilization. Technology is a result of scientific inquiry and need. For example, Andre said that his “teleporter” will be able to transport food, equipment and other items from one place to another without difficulty.  Necessity pushes the need to invent and discover.


            Finally, the film characterized science as an important aspect of life. One invention can lead to the next until the need is lessened or the technology is made more efficient. Science and technology is meant for the society. 


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