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Authors Note This was a semi-creative project We had to address the issues in a persuasive letter rather than a boring ol report so please become unconfused as far as the formatScientists are all too ready to lock themselves away with their research unwilling -perhaps even incapable - of seeing the consequences of their actions It is our duty as theireducators to provide them with not only a means to gain knowledge but also insights intothe society into which they will ultimately release their findings Since none here areliterary or English majors it may seem difficult at first to integrate such neededsociological concerns into their current courses of study so it is our duty to give themeasily-reliable examples which parallel with their own course of study examples that willAnd what better to illustrate and retain attention than a tragedy I suggest that theMary Shellys novel Frankenstein be included as a central text in the current Humanitiescourses required here The reason Frankenstein may hold more relevance as part of theprogram than say a classical Greek play is the subject matter alone Hopefully theliterary connections are more likely to be drawn if we can appeal to the studentsinterests as best as we can Perhaps then they are more likely to believe that thehumanities do have something to do with themThe specifics it also raises about ethics and responsibilities of science speak morethan enough of the novels behalfMany scientists in the far-reaching fields today mayfeel overwhelmed perhaps even taking on a Gaudi-esque credo to their respectiveresearch That Spanish architect is quoted as saying that he didnt have time to wonderthat he had to spend all of his time working While this is a commendible work ethicsuch a belief can lead scientists to bring the curse to mankind that Einstein warns usagainst While a piece of art may incite violence certain sciences may uncoverinformation that can physically provide the means of violenceScientists provide the power they are the vehicles
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