I have pulled up a few quotes from the book I am reading, Frankinstein. I was recommended this book because of its apparent relation to the sublime, but it has created in me an interest in the idea of combining scientific research (interesting to consider what constitutes as scientific research) and art; the idea of using objects of nature as a means to carry out scientific research.
“i collected the instruments of life around me so that i might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet” – Victor Frankinstein. – trying to infuse life to make up for his lack of humanity? interesting relation to the placement of plants in london; creating life to cover up the lack thereof; the complete lack of necessary supplements to thrive healthily in the city. Victor’s urge to create life is natural but not through this way; does he have sexual issues? socially inept?
Scientific research definition: Scientific research is the systematic investigation of scientific theories and hypotheses. … Scientists use the scientific method, a process that helps construct an accurate depiction of our universe and its processes, in order to answer whatever questions they may have.
Science definition: the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.
a systematically organized body of knowledge on a particular subject.
systematized knowledge in general.
knowledge, as of facts or principles; knowledge gained by systematicstudy.
a particular branch of knowledge.
skill, especially reflecting a precise application of facts or principles;proficiency.
Should I come up with a theory and create a body of research to explore this theory? Does the systematic placement of nature in urban environments constitute for its lack of life? (quick point: i don’t actually hate the city.)
The book frankinstein highlights the idea that the quest for knowledge has its limits.
“I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet. (..) my candle was nearly burnt out.” – candle nearly being burnt out relating to his life/soul; candle represents fragility of life. the phrase ‘instruments of life’ is interesting; a very clinical way to talk about life.
define instrument: a tool or implement, especially one for precision work.
the idea of life as relating to a thing of precision is not particularly natural. yet the similarity of this scene to a surgeon is quite interesting, begging questions about the clinical and unnatural nature of surgical experiments; opening up a human body and slicing/ placing alien objects inside.
define life: the condition that distinguishes animals and plants from inorganic matter, including the capacity for growth, reproduction, functional activity, and continual change preceding death.
despite the difference between the inorganic instruments that can create or sustain life, and life itself, there is a functioning and unnatural relationship between these two things. life and instruments work together, there is rarely one without the other nowadays.
the necessity of cold, hard science for life. the importance of the clinical, logical, exploration for knowledge and black and white, emotionless facts, for the sustainability of life, emotions, colourful experience, love, friendship.
we rely on science and these cold hard instruments for life.
“slip reluctantly into the land of the living”
this definition of the space of life is rather appealing; the use of alliteration perhaps and the connotations of the word ‘land’ as a space of homeliness, expanses of field, and its general positive use, puts the idea of life into a positive light.
define land: the part of the earth’s surface that is not covered by water.
this puts the clinical nature of scientific research and life in two different realms.
human desire to create combined with the desire to reproduce; this happens i.e. in cloning. there is a similarity between the act of cloning and in frankinsteins creation.
victor is disgusted by the creature he has created; self loathing, as this is his creation and perhaps reflects himself. perhaps he loathes the creature because this creature is morally good; perhaps he is envious. perhaps his creating of another being reflects his attempts to restart.
this relates to my interest in the clinical nature of science compared with the unpredictable nature of nature. plants are alive just like animals (and humans, not that these are two different things). they communicate with eachother, just like living and breathing animals.
Frankinstein’s creation’s skin is ‘growing on frames’; taking the idea of a skeleton as a frame literally.
the “larynx” is a hollow muscular organ forming an air passage to lungs and holding vocal chords in humans and other mammals; voice box. interesting to consider if humans did not have a voice box and could not communicate; this is what separates us from other animals. what dictates perhaps how we treat them and our perceived superiority.
Frankinstein ‘studies little anatomy’.
“the structure of a brain is too complex, so implant tissue from brains of several unborn children bathed in internally secreted chemicals that stimulate growth.”
“the desperate loneliness of the staring animal eye, the sudden intake of breath, the shudder”.
the moment between life and death.
the desire to create the ‘monster’ must have bred from a deep loneliness. The motivation for our cloning is for medical reasons of sustaining life. We grasp for control which ultimately we do not have; interestin psychological reflection on the human desire for control, reflected through science; taking control by prolonging life, taking extreme measures such as CLONING and transplantation, mutation etc.
frankinstein; driven by ambition, thirst for knowledge; the ‘ideal man’, breathing life through ghastly experiments.
complex systems, chaos, organics and order, dynamics. to create order in a complex and chaotic system. i.e. the simple notion of cracking an egg.