Jonathan dives into the classic H.G. Wells novel The Island of Dr. Moreau and compares it’s animals vs. human conflict to the philosophies of Dr. Slavoj Zizek.
Published in 1869, the novel is narrated by Edward Prendick, who finds himself shipwrecked on an island dominated by a mad scientist named Dr. Moreau. Moreau creates amalgams of animals and humans called Beast Folk, with him as their leader and god. Prendick is at first horrified by Moreau’s unethical practices, but when the Beast Folk revolt he abandons his moral principles in order to save himself. The novel explores themes of humanity and nature, science, ethics, morality, and religion and is a classic of English late Victorian literature.
Opening song is “We Got the Poison” by Electric Candles
Podcast production by Dan Vadeboncoeur
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