Worldview Points in Jurassic Park

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Elise Brewer 4th Period Honors Morals and Ethics Dr. Piel 5 March 2014 Worldview Points in Jurassic Park The character of John Hammond in Jurassic Park is presented in such a way that he does things without considering the consequences first. That’s what I originally thought when I first saw the movie. However it’s only because he sees the world in a totally different worldview perspective that he acts in such a way. While all the other characters have a naturalistic point of view, John shows the New Age worldview. I believe that both the author of the book Michael Crichton and the director of the movie Steven Spielberg wanted to critique the new age by using John Hammond’s personality. The two main worldviews shown in Jurassic Park are new age and naturalism. Looking at the character of John, we see the new age played out through prime reality, the nature of external reality, the knowledge of reality, history, and core commitments. The first two questions of the new age are 1) What is prime reality and 2) What is the nature of external reality? The answer to both of those questions can be summed up into one sentence. Whatever the nature of being (idea or matter, energy or particle), the self is the kingpin, the prime reality. Throughout the movie there are many examples of this shown. One example is when they’re sitting down eating lunch, discussing the morality of recreating dinosaurs, Dr. Sattler explains to Hammond that some of the plants he owns are poisonous and that he picked them because they looked good. “But these [dinosaurs] are aggressive living things that have no idea what century they’re in,” she goes on to explain. “And they’ll defend themselves, violently, if necessary.” The fact that Mr. Hammond thinks that it’s about what he wants to enjoy and make money off of is an example of reality in the new age. Next we skip over to question 7. What is
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