English 1S 001
Professor Jodi Teitel
November 19, 2014
The Underlying Reasons of Scientific Evolution
In Gregg Easterbrook essay “The Myth of Fingerprints” and Lewis Thomas essay “On Cloning a Human Being” both deal with scientific advances. Easterbrook’s essay focuses more on DNA testing while Thomas’s essay is fixated on cloning. Easterbrook and Thomas tackle their scientific issues with their strong opinions. Through persuasive arguments and factual evidence, Easterbrook and Thomas try to convince the reader to share his point of view. Even though both essays share a common theme of science, they are completely different in the way it is presented and the techniques used.
In “The Myth of Fingerprints” Easterbrook argues over genetic testing. He explains how many criminals have been falsely convicted and how DNA testing will serve mainly to exonerate. He explains how DNA fingerprinting helped solved over 70,000 cases. He believes that DNA testing is infallible. Easterbrook not only focuses on genetic testing but also ties in capital punishment. DNA testing will analyze the evidence of death-row inmates and some innocent people will surely be freed. Easterbrook explains how there are two arguments against capital punishment, that it is inherently wrong and also that it might be used against the wrong person. Easterbrook is completely for DNA testing, one purpose of this essay was to exhibit the pros of genetic testing and persuade the reader to agree with him. Another purpose of this essay was to show the counterintuitive of capital punishment. Easterbrook does not agree with capital punishment. His argument for capital punishment Ottomanelli 2
was quite sneaky. Throughout the essay it was evident that he was focused on DNA testing but along the way...
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