New ‘Mad Science:’ Turning Man Into Machine or Machine Into Man!

posted by Dr. Jael Ever @ 23:10 PM
August 22, 2013

BourneLegacy_INT_ENG_DVD_RET_Sleeve.indd        Using new age robotic speculation, movie makers continue chasing ‘scientific’ scenarios of ‘mad men,’ who ever seek new ways to manipulate human behavior, or create new ‘human-like’ machines. For both ‘control’ is the problem.

Based on Robert Ludlum’s trilogy/movie series, ‘The Bourne Conspiracy,’ the more detailed updated version of government ‘control’ secrets, ‘The Bourne Legacy,‘ gets to the heart of ‘turning man into machine’ issues.

Tony Gilroy, a writer on the first three Bourne films and writer-director of this fourth one, did extensive intelligence research, ending with a plot about a super-human hero struggling to get out from under massive government ‘controls.’

As he is kept alive by various viruses designed to greatly enhance his physical and mental capabilities, the hero, Aaron Cross, could be considered transhuman.  Wikipedia defines transhumanism as:

“. . . an international cultural and intellectual movement with an eventual goal of fundamentally transforming the human condition by developing and making widely available technologies to greatly enhance human intellectual, physical, and psychological capacities.” Hence: making a few very super men!

Secret government agencies higher than even the CIA strive to retain dominance over Cross, but their various genomic schemes backfire as he outsmarts all their efforts to kill him––just as they murdered most operatives, doctors, researchers, and over-enhanced warriors from the original films except Bourne.

However, in the case of both men, what controllers hadn’t counted on was the love and grace of a woman.  For Borne’s never-ending sorrow his love was killed by an assassin aiming for him.  But for Cross it was Dr. Marta Shearing, who had worked for the spy agency, but ended freeing Cross from controlling viruses.

“There are different ways to introduce chromosomal changes to affect genomics. You can hijack a virus, put in what 2-Feature-Pic18you want and use that as the delivery system. I got really interested in this idea of genomic alteration, where you go in on a chromosomal level” Gilroy told Hugh Hart, a wired.com interviewer.

The movie maker cites for example, the fact that it is getting much harder for Olympic and other sports officials to discern gene doping:  “There’s a legitimate fear in the sports world that gene doping is going to be the next turn of the wheel.”
Christian fiction novels
Major problems with films ‘imagining’ Science Fiction, is that too often in post-modern society, those ‘fictions’ become realities.  Films such as ‘Bourne Legacy’ depict what Christian fiction novels identify as the mystery of iniquity.

Apostle Paul writes praying Christians can thwart nefarious advances such as transhumanism: “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way (2 Thessalonians 2:7).”

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