Apr 11, 2019
Welcome back to The Horror Pod Class, this time with more science. Maybe not real science, but more how we fear and distrust scientists and science in general. Don't think that's true? Well just look at the kind of movies we keep making, Splice being the poster child. Also, Mike totally gets a car in a movie wrong and we discuss how you too can make sure your political agenda is heard by the masses by reviewing movies on Amazon. Before we get there, we talk about some of the great works of horror fiction we are currently reading and watching.
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So... on to Splice:
The New Scientist- "Unicorns and Designer Babies: How CRISPR Creator Sees the Future"
If you prefer to have CRISPR explained to you by some actual smart people in an audio format, check out Radiolab by WNYC.
They CRISPR'd a baby! Yeah, they totally did. The reaction was not what you would expect if all you knew about science came from movies.
So... Mike totally got the car wrong in this movie. It is an AMC Gremlin, not an AMC Pacer. The Gremlin, Pacer, and Spirit were all kinda similar cars made by American Motors Corporation. They were all garbage and driving them was terrible. It is kind of odd though that the Gremlin has become something of a "nerd car" in movies. Maybe we will revisit cars in movies at a future date.
Here is the article from Quillette about Transhumanism and the Transgender community. It's not very good. Needless to say, we disagree pretty strongly on a number of fundamental levels with the author's views on both Transhumanism, technological progress, and gender more broadly. Also, the picture of the "skin-put" phone is actually from a Kickstarter scam, not a real actual thing or even a thing that would work.
Do you want to read (not-so) Anonymous Amazon Customer's review in full? Just click here and look at the first 5 star rating entitled "Human Experimentation- A Most Relevant Question" to read the entire screedifesto.
HOMEWORK: Watch "A Dark Song" on Netflix. It's super awesome and then tune in next week to hear author Nadia Bulkin discuss it with us!