"I Think, Therefore I Am" Essay

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"I think, Therefore I Am"An age of technology has come, one of genetic engineering and the creation of androids-human replicants. These "humans" or "replicants" are engineered with thought but not emotions. We use them as slaves for mining in our off world colonies. We do not have them living on Earth as they are created so physically perfect that they supersede us which is reviewed as potentially disastrous. Disaster happens. Replicants develop emotions. Our fears are more than realised. Are we to be overthrown, destroyed, or worse, made into slaves ourselves? No! We will destroy these replicants. As they go into hiding we will hunt them down.Here is another scenario; a perfect society, one in which there is no pain or war, no confusion or unhappiness, no hunger or drought; a society with social stability and unity for everyone. So what's the catch I hear you say? Only this, you are genetically engineered, chemically controlled and psychologically conditioned. You have no right to freedom of thought and speech. You are conditioned what to think from birth through hypnopaedia. Literature is not allowed, as it provokes thought and could undermine all that is taught and unquestionably believed. Everybody has their place and is conditioned to not only be content with it, but enjoy it. "Happiness" is felt through sensations. In this society freedom is lost. If you are conditioned to be the person you are, are you still yourself?Good morning. Thankyou for inviting me to speak today, on behalf of my generation. My name is Jessica Albury; I am seventeen and am in year 12 from Berkley High School in Darwin. I have been asked to speak today, to you; the Commission of the Future, on the topic "In the Wild", referring to humanity's relationship with nature. This topic brings to mind visions of unrestrained freedom, being able to express oneself with a gamut of emotions, such as elation, anger, sadness, love, hate, compassion, and etcetera.These afore mentioned scenarios are both texts I am currently studying in English. The first scenario is based on a science-fiction movie called "Blade Runner-Director's Cut" directed in 1993 by Ridley Scott, adapted from a book called "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" written in 1968 by Phillip K. Dick. The second is "Brave New World", a science-fiction novel by Aldous Huxley, written in 1929, and published in 1932.Both texts written in the twentieth century are about fictional twenty-first century worlds. We are now in the twenty-first century and genetic engineering is a reality of this time. Robotic engineering is becoming more common place in our industries. What incredible insight did Huxley and Scott have to imagine the technology we see as reality!I have already defined "wild" as unrestrained freedom, and being able to express oneself with emotion, so what is meant by "human"? Humanity, this is a little harder to define. Are we human because we are white? Are we human because we show emotion? Are we human...

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