Archive for May, 2010
Blade runner is the movie based on the novel by Phillip K Dick, âDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheepâ
Rutger Hauer plays Roy Batty â an android, with a limited lifespan,(he dies in the scene above), but who nevertheless possesses emotion and self-awareness â Hauerâs role made him a cult icon.
I remember walking towards Hauer in a backstreet in London, some years ago. He was magneticâŚbig and tall, with piercing ice-blue eyes. I thought he was like a giant, brutal Paul NewmanâŚperfect casting.
Synthetic life is now upon us. Only yesterday the press proclaimed the creation of an artificial reproducing cellâŚartificial DNA, typed on a computer and inserted into the hollowed out shell of a bacteriaâŚ
Is it right or wrong? Is it simply inevitable that science will finally be able to create life â intelligent, self-aware life â from scratch?
Or does possible distaste depend on a localized GodâŚwho does Godâs work
What aboutÂ a universal âGodâ which includes ourselves and everything â plants, animals, rocks âÂ even âsyntheticâ lifeâ.
If we are part of that âAllâ, does that allow us to âplayâ God?
I think humanity will inevitably create synthetic living creatures from the living cells that scientists have just begun to create. We have always made images of ourselves and our fellow creatures â perhaps reaching for theÂ immortality that Rutger Hauerâs Android desired.
Will they go to Heaven when they die? Will they re-incarnate?
Or will they just be the children of a lesser god?*
*Children of a Lesser God is the title of a play by Mark Medoff