Essay about Jealousy in Cantor's Dilemma
The beast hides in the shadows. Its presence is all around us; its existence denied by all. It moves stealthily from one body to the next, peering with its infinite, green eyes into the deepest thoughts of all, a merciless predator seeking out those who least expect its attack. It strikes without a sound, paralyzing its prey. The monster's bite drives its victims into behaving rashly. It injects a poison strong enough to cause one to distrust one's best-friend. It causes one to act furtively and always with the worst of motives. This beast is named jealousy, and no one is immune.
Not even scientists, who's goal is to conquer all in search of real truths, can battle against this obstacle. …show more content…
Another effect of the creature's bite is characterized by the race to discover or publish first. Decisions that have not been fully thought through are a direct product of such hastiness. Djerassi presents an excellent example of this in the novel. Cantor is so determined to impress the scientific world, or more particularly, Kurt Krauss, that he decides to publish his original experiment of the tumorogenesis theory without double-checking its accuracy. Had his experiment been proven wrong, he would have suffered a great deal of humiliation. However, his enthusiasm would also