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How does the existence of replicants complicate the distinction between nature and culture in Bladerunner Replicants engineered to be more human than human blur the distinction between nature and culture by the very success of their humanity We need to have a clear understanding of what is meant by the terms nature and culture In the introduction to his book Schelde believes culture to be a distinctive human domain He believes humans have a need to define to conquer the unknown to be in control of their surroundings The result of this is culture Culture is an attempt to carve some kind of order out of the vast chaos that is nature Nature then is that which is unknown uncontrollable that which exists beyond and separate from human interaction Throughout history humans have assigned symbols and meanings to everything in their surroundings and have tried to convert the unknown nature into their own cultural terms In the opening crawl of the film it says The Nexus 6 Replicants were superior in strength and agility and at least equal in intelligence to the genetic engineers who created them The Nexus 6 Replicants are genetically engineered beings composed of organic substances and are nearly indistinguishable from humans Replicants differ so slightly from humans that only a very precise test the Voight-Kampff machine can distinguish them This machine relies on the fact that replicants lack empathy This is so because they are emotionally immature yet given time and life experience it is believed they would gain true emotions A fail-safe device was therefore built into the Nexus 6 - a four-year life span These highly advanced replicants have succeeded in blurring the line between human and non-human and in turn the distinction between nature and culture As we are told numerous times throughout the film the essential difference between humans and Nexus 6 Replicants is found in the ability to empathize This is indeed the
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