Raping Nature: Wells’ Island of Dr. Moreau and Ritual Bio-engineering

Jay's Analysis

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By: Jay Dyer

The notion of creating a chimaera is an ancient tale: For the ancient Greeks, it was a fire-breathing beast with the heads of a goat, lion and snake, appearing in Homer’s Iliad in Book VI as follows:

“Howbeit when the tenth rosy-fingered Dawn appeared, then at length he questioned him and asked to see whatever token he bare from his daughter’s husband, Proetus. But when he had received from him the evil token of his daughter’s husband, first he bade him slay the raging Chimaera. She was of divine stock, not of men, in the fore part a lion, in the hinder a serpent, and in the midst a goat, breathing forth in terrible wise the might of blazing fire.”

From here, the mythology of the chimaera took on many forms, yet for modern scientistic western man, the dream of blending and bending Nature to…

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