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Fear, Wonder, and Science in the New Age of Reproductive Biotechnology$
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Scott Gilbert and Clara Pinto-Correia

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231170949

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231170949.001.0001

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Conceptual Detox

Conceptual Detox

Returning to Hogwarts to Learn Human Embryology

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Fear, Wonder, and Science in the New Age of Reproductive Biotechnology

Scott Gilbert

Columbia University Press

Using the notion that we need “defense against the dark arts,” this chapter seeks to give the reader tools that will enable us to rationally consider the information about who we are and how we came to be. It looks at how science is described, and how those descriptions can alter the way we view the topic. Language and images can make us accept the mistaken beliefs that our DNA is our souls, that fertilization is a contest, and that fetuses are independent organisms.

Keywords:   Fertilization, Gene, Soul, Fetus, Embryo, metaphors, images

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