The novel Frankenstein written by Mary Shelly’s is considered to be the first science fiction masterpiece. Researchers fond of the novel have developed a study to argue that the some of the ideas portrayed in the book are actually rooted in fundamental principles of biology.
If you do not remember the plot or you are not familiar with this classic story, it involves the doctor’s, Victor Frankenstein who manages to resurrect an inhuman creature made up from different parts of people, using science. The monster has gradually become a popular phenomenon around the world, but many still confuse its name, the doctors was named and Frankenstein and his creature is Frankenstein’s monster
A new study recently published in the journal BioScience attempts to provide some scientific background behind the doctor’s experiments and decisions involving the creature. The first concept they attempt to rationalize is the idea that humans can overcome death through science. We have managed to develop the technology and means to bring people back after they dead for a few seconds. However, there is still much work to be done in developing a way to live for as much time as we want.
The most thoroughly analyzed subject of the study is, however, linked to a key plot point in the book. When the monster asks the doctor to create a female companion so he doesn’t feel lonely anymore. He is aware that has different dietary needs and will never be accepted into society, being so different from all other humans. He also expresses a desire to explore the wild of South America, an aspect which researchers have identified as ecological requirements.
Researchers believe that the doctor refused the creature because he knew that their combined existence will lead to potential reproduction which poses a distinct possibility of human extinction because of their natural advantages. This phenomenon is currently known today as competitive exclusion.
Scientists used computational tools developed by ecologists to determine how the reproduction of Frankenstein’s monster would lead humankind to extinction. They created a mathematical model based on the density of the population in 1816 and found that in the worst-case scenario, the creatures would have pushed humans to extinction in around 4,000 years.
The scientific implications of this study involve the very real concerns of invasive species and how they affect various ecosystems.
What do you think about this view regarding Frankenstein’s monster?
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