Where is the boundary between life and death?

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Where is the boundary between life and death?

Watch the first episode of our animated Frankenstein series, Reanimation!

Reanimation! is a seven-part series created by seven animation teams and 12 scientists, writers, engineers, physicists, and an archaeologist, on the lasting impact of Shelley’s famous work. 

Each episode waxes poetic about different scientific, ethical, and philosophical domains and the lessons we’ve collectively learned from Dr. Frankenstein’s mistakes and triumphs.

In this first episode, A Bolt of Lightning, Britt Wray, science communicator, co-host of BBC’s Tomorrow’s World, writer, and producer joins ecologist and biologist Ben Novak to discuss the permeable boundary between life and death – and humans and nature. Animated by the talented Daniela Sherer with sound by Skillbard

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Yewande Pearse

Neuroscience

LA Biomed

I really enjoyed this video. The animation together with the narration held my attention right the the very end. In fact, I was quite disappointed when it finished. The story is told in a way that both anticipated my questions and inspired me to ask more, while watching. The idea that we humans think that we are caretakers of nature as opposed to being a part of it was a really powerful commentary.

I also likes the way the piece highlighted the fact that new technologies, when they emerge, are often met by fear, but then in reality end up being used for things that are less sci-fi than we imagine and then quickly become replaced by better technology. I am currently half way through turning human stem cells into cerebral brain organoids. They are incredible cellular structures in terms of their organisation and development. What I’ve found interesting when talking to people about my work though, is that most of them want to know about whether my brain organoids could become conscious!! It’s funny how science captures our imagination like that.