The Island of Dr Moreau
What: Marlon Brando goes to island, does creepy things to animals
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Starring: Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, David Thewlis, Fairuza Balk, Mark Dacascos, Ron Perlman
Featuring guest co-host
Joe Ruppel, history nerd
Recommended and Related Media
The Limits of Individual Plasticity by H.G. Wells
Wells explored some ideas in this essay that would eventually form the basis for The Island of Dr. Moreau.
Read the essay Google Books
Frankenstein (feat. Joe Ruppel, History Nerd) : decipherSciFi Episode 29
A lot of commonalities that we were surprised to find between Moreau and Frankenstein. And this was a good episode! So check it out.
Listen to the episode on this very site
Definitions. Victorian science and protest movements. John Hunter and the John Byrne Irish Giant. Behaviourist views of animal feelings.
Humans as an animal
Coming to terms with our place in nature in Wells’ time. Natural selection vs selection by Moreau.
Individual plasticity and heredity
More vivisection. Human body modification and evolution.
The “father” and the “laws.”
Should we do x?
Chris plays the amoral scientist monster every time we ask this question.
Carnivore vs herbivore
Moral of the story: Moreau really should have bred a race of herbivores. Would have side-stepped a lot of issues.
Strategies in evolving humanity and combining with our replacement life form.
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