Experiments at the margins: Ethics and transgression in cinema science

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620235
Title:
Experiments at the margins: Ethics and transgression in cinema science
Authors:
Pheasant-Kelly, F.
Abstract:
Science is a discipline defined by empiricism and reliable methodologies that result in predictable outcomes. Yet, cutting-edge experiments inevitably involve an element of the unknown, an aspect which science-fiction exploits for dramatic effect. Furthermore, fictional science is freed from the ethical constraints that regulate real-world experimentation and therefore often trangressive. Even as films capitalise on unethical practices and cutting edge scenarios for dramatic and commercial reasons, the origin of the filmmaker and/or place of production may affect a film’s content. A film is also obviously subject to legal constraints, according to the country of origin, and classification codes in its place of exhibition. Thus, while the very nature of science fiction may cause it to appear morally unbridled, there are nonetheless multiple inhibitions entrenched in such depictions. By drawing on relevant cinematic examples, including Prometheus, The Hunger Games and District 9, and scientific scenarios on which these films are based, this essay explores how the unpredictable nature of advances in science, in combination with a lack of ethics, foregrounds the dangerous dimensions of science-fiction.
Citation:
Experiments at the margins: Ethics and transgression in cinema science 2015, 131 (1):28 Thesis Eleven
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Journal:
Thesis Eleven
Issue Date:
4-Nov-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620235
DOI:
10.1177/0725513615613455
Additional Links:
http://the.sagepub.com/cgi/doi/10.1177/0725513615613455
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0725-5136; 1461-7455
Appears in Collections:
CFMDC

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dc.contributor.authorPheasant-Kelly, F.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-25T08:20:04Z-
dc.date.available2016-10-25T08:20:04Z-
dc.date.issued2015-11-04-
dc.identifier.citationExperiments at the margins: Ethics and transgression in cinema science 2015, 131 (1):28 Thesis Elevenen
dc.identifier.issn0725-5136-
dc.identifier.issn1461-7455-
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0725513615613455-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/620235-
dc.description.abstractScience is a discipline defined by empiricism and reliable methodologies that result in predictable outcomes. Yet, cutting-edge experiments inevitably involve an element of the unknown, an aspect which science-fiction exploits for dramatic effect. Furthermore, fictional science is freed from the ethical constraints that regulate real-world experimentation and therefore often trangressive. Even as films capitalise on unethical practices and cutting edge scenarios for dramatic and commercial reasons, the origin of the filmmaker and/or place of production may affect a film’s content. A film is also obviously subject to legal constraints, according to the country of origin, and classification codes in its place of exhibition. Thus, while the very nature of science fiction may cause it to appear morally unbridled, there are nonetheless multiple inhibitions entrenched in such depictions. By drawing on relevant cinematic examples, including Prometheus, The Hunger Games and District 9, and scientific scenarios on which these films are based, this essay explores how the unpredictable nature of advances in science, in combination with a lack of ethics, foregrounds the dangerous dimensions of science-fiction.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSAGE Publicationsen
dc.relation.urlhttp://the.sagepub.com/cgi/doi/10.1177/0725513615613455en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Thesis Elevenen
dc.subjectcreationismen
dc.subjectethicsen
dc.subjectevolutionen
dc.subjecthuman experimentationen
dc.subjectscienceen
dc.titleExperiments at the margins: Ethics and transgression in cinema scienceen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalThesis Elevenen
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