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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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The Human Condition of Fear and Wonder

The Human Condition of Fear and Wonder

In Celebration of Bodies

(p.195) 10 The Human Condition of Fear and Wonder
Fear, Wonder, and Science in the New Age of Reproductive Biotechnology

Scott Gilbert

Columbia University Press

The wonder of the body is celebrated, enhanced by our new knowledge of its origin. In wonder, we see the intertwined strands of curiosity and awe. The fear of the body is acknowledged. In this we have both the fear that we will not reproduce a biologically similar child, and the counter-fear, for the Earth, that the biosphere is being destroyed by our species’ over proliferation.

Keywords:   awe, fear, wonder, curiosity, DNA, genome, climate change, extinction

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