Interesting piece of text from Michael Crichton’s 1990 science fiction novel Jurassic Park. As happens more often with scifi, it doesn’t only tell a story, but also raises technological, ethical and / or philosophical questions. In this case about the accumulation of scientific knowledge.

Wikipedia: “Jurassic Park critiques the dystopian potentialities of science. Malcolm is the conscience that reminds John Hammond of the immoral and unnatural path that has been taken. The final condition of the park is epitomized by the word “hell”, which highlights the nature of Hammond’s sacrilegious attempt.

Michael Crichton’s novel is another version of Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus tale where humanity creates without knowing. Henry Wu is unable to name the things that he creates, which alludes to Victor Frankenstein not knowing what to call his flawed imitation of God’s creative powers. The immorality of these actions lead to human destruction, echoing Frankenstein.”

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