posted on Feb, 11 2004 @ 03:16 AM
I was thinking of an old two-part episode of the 90's version of the Outer Limits and started to wonder about a few things. First let me lay out a
synopsis of the two-part episode.
The first part is called "Double Helix" - March 28, 1997
A brilliant-yet-eccentric geneticist unveils his research of "introns," the mysterious genetic material which he believes holds the code for future
evolution. After successful testing on animals he secretly tries the formula on himself.
Basically, the geneticist finds a space craft that he believes to have been sent to Earth by Extra-Terrestrials and is trying to gain information from
it for the benifit of all humankind - with the help of his students.
The second part is called "The Origin of Species" - November 27, 1998 Dr. Ira Nodel has his body altered to communicate with aliens who have seeded
Earth with their genetic material. He is joined on an alien spaceship by son Paul, Paul's girlfriend, and six students. When Dr. Nodel touches a
glowing post in the ship's control room, both he and Paul are consumed by a mysterious light. Then the students start disappearing two by two.
In the last episode they are aboard the space craft which they think is taking them to another planet. Everyone goes missing of course, and towards
the end they all find each other again. After they find each other the space craft makes a descent for landing (of course they think they are now on
another planet). After landing, the space craft opens up a door to let them out. They walk out of the space craft and notice something, it's still
earth! But this isn't the earth as they remember it. They walk up to the top of a small hill and look out over the landscape. They are in shock to
see a very beaten down Golden Gate bridge and the great San Francisco, which is now very much a ruin. They need answers. Someone from the group did
some exploring of their own and comes to get them to show the others what they found. They come upon a stone with some words written on it explaining
most of what happened.
Basically it says humans went too far with genetic manipulation of the human species and ended destroying themselves (sterility and to many different
"human" species I believe, can't remember) - in front of the stone lay the skeleton of a creature with a mostly human skeletal structure but with
very different teath, and of course it had wings (somewhat of an angel appearance). Also, it said the year. I think it was 2097 or further, I can't
remember. After this, everyone goes back to the ship and they find themselves being lead - by the somewhat sentient ship - to a new room. And what is
in this room? Why many, many babies, that have all been incubated in a short time. So, every person was removed two at a time to take genetic
material from them. As we find out, the babies are to be used in repopulating the earth. The space craft turns out to be human in origin. You can
figure out the rest.
Anyways, why do I write this? Well, it made me wonder how far we are willing to go (like the subject headline). Are we willing to change ourselves
so drastically at the expense of destroying ourselves? Are we just not satisfied with ourselves? I know we like to better ourselves, but why do it
at the thought that we might not look human anymore? If we had the capabilities right now to give you extra limbs; eyes that allow you to see in more
than just the "visible" spectrum; muscles that never need work; bones that are not made of calcium but are comprised of some harder minerl, hence
you would have to ingest that "other" mineral to keep your bones strong; etc... Would you take the plunge into modifying yourself? Even if it made
you sterile or somehow shortened your lifespan? Would you allow your child to be genetically modified, before birth?
I think this subject should be discussed more. It also is a good debate topic between creationist and evolutionist. Should we stay as we were
created (maybe by a being called "God") or should we instill artificial evolution on ourselves, and on the things around us?
I know some of this has been discussed in other threads, but I want more detail. I want an opinion from every one. Because genetic engineering is
very real, and it is happening now. I am sure someone has their own "Island of Dr. Moreau" going on in the world at this moment.
Your thoughts, please.