Day 6: Frankenstein

Today is the first group presentation.  Make sure that you’ve read chapters 3-12 of Frankenstein,  and the group’s blog post.  We will start the day with a very brief quiz over the reading to make sure everyone is on the same page.  We will then get the group presentation and discuss the book as a class.

Here is a link for the review for the midterm exam.  The test will have 10 short answer questions.  These can be answered in a sentence or two.  There will also be one essay question.  In the review you will find the three possible prompts for the essay.  I will choose one on the day of the exam and you will answer that one.  The short answer section and essay section are equally weighted in terms of the grade.


13 thoughts on “Day 6: Frankenstein”

  1. Linnaeus perceived nature as being one with the Creator, and, consequently, saw his task of classifying nature as a Holy directive. This is drove his zeal in examining all of the natural world, especially Botany. One thing I found odd was his concept of a species: “Plant and animal species as unchangeable entities were the very core of the Linnaean mental world.” He deduced that since God had created all of the universe and all of the plants and animals within it, then they must be unchanchable and fit perfectly within their niche or the balance of nature would crumble.

  2. One of the connections Linnaeus makes between botany, natural history, and religion is evident in his focus on “individual species being created complete, once and for all, by God in the beginning”. Linnaeus followed this religious model and used it in his scientific work with plants. This is probably why any invariability and variety within plant species would “turn his beautiful order upside down”. He also states how a botanist is “simply, a person… who can give right names” to natural objects, and compares this to how Adam once observed and named God’s creations in the Garden of Eden.

  3. Linnaeus believed that everything within nature came from the Creator and served a specific purpose. He was also under the impression that God had chosen him as an “interpreter of nature” and therefore was correct when compared to those with opposing theories. This connects his botany work with religion because he felt it was his divine duty to create a system for classifying and naming all of the plant species that God had already placed on the earth.

  4. His view was that you can study God by studying creation. It similar to the way a historian study’s the works of an individual instead of sticking solely to the biography’s written about them. My studying how God created things you are seeing a glimpse of how God thinks.

    “…Linnaeus saw himself as a chosen interpreter of nature, one of the
    prophets called by God to reveal His work, for the present and for times to come.” Wow, what an ego…

  5. Linnaeus was the self proclaimed prophet of his time. A preverbal gift of God to the world. He claimed to have been given a greater understanding of plants than all other men. This must have been true;otherwise he would have been a heretic. Linnaeus knew that God had created the world and left us so many mysteries to solve and organize, and this was his calling. He knew that the common man would see a world of chaos through nature and could not possibly see the interrelatedness of what the creator had done. His greatest work was interpreting God’s reason for creating the animals/plants that covered this planet. I suspect Linnaeus would have viewed many other scientists of our day as doing the work of revealing the mysteries of God, yet at a lesser degree than himself.

  6. I really enjoy the sarcasm that the author of this article added at the end of this passage, “Linnaeus himself, however, was of a different opinion. He alone had transformed botany- ‘reformed an entire science and created a new epoch’-.” This basically shows that Linnaeus thought very highly of his own work and that he thought that no one else had work comparable to his own. His main convergence of botany and religion was his attention to detail. He found beauty in everything in nature and believed that it was put there by God for a specific purpose and therefore every little detail he noticed reminded him of the creator and his wonderful creation. His attention to detail also made him very overwhelmed and it is what drove him to create immense classifications of different species in order to keep them neat and remember its exact purpose.

  7. Linnaeus believed that God was the creator of all. All of which had a set path or plan that was not to be changed. At this time in history, this belief was very common. However, Linnaeus saw that he was given a special gift from the creator and made it his own mission to classify, organize, and document all of these curious objects of nature. As stated in the reading, “God created, Linnaeus ordered”. He often accounted for himself as being like that of Eden. As he though of botanical gardens as a new area for him to explore and demystify, just as Eden would have done in his time.

  8. Linnaeus’s view on botany and religion, is that the two go hand in hand. He observed the relationship with the plants and the soil and how each of these tie into the animal life. There is an order, and to be able to understand The creator you must first learn his work. So it is stated in here that the better you learn your surroundings, the better you will learn the creator. I think Linnaeus was trying to break down the science behind the creation of plant and animal life to understand maybe the thought process of the creator and why the things were made and what the significance of each of these things were.

  9. Linnaeus believed God created botany with a circular system. In order to understand God, he believed you had to first understand his creations. Linnaeus thought he was the chosen one to study botany and became a systematist. He believed the Creator gave nature an order to make sure nothing became to powerful, and he began to try to understand this order to understand the Creator.

  10. The connection Linnaeus makes between God and the natural history in general is that God is the creator of all things and to understand natural history, you must understand biblical history and creationism. Scientists are just the namers of the terrestrial objects. This line of thought goes along with the church dominated social views of his day.

  11. Many of Carl Linnaeus’ beliefs are dependent on natural theology. He was both a systematist and an empiricist, which the two sometimes conflicted in his works. Linnaeus believed that God created everything, and therefore everything was highly ordered and all life is intricately interwoven. He not only believed that he was doing a religious deed by study the workings of the Creator, but he even believed to be the chosen on to do so. He worked adamantly to classify and systematically categorize the different plant forms and species, believing that they were all being worked on by God to maintain balance in nature. Because of this supposed balance, Linnaeus believed in the concept of fixed species, as a rapidly evolving world would have raised many questions towards his works. Linnaeus was more a systematist due to his religious views of creation, but was an empiricist through his reliance on Aristotelian logic. Due to his belief of being the divine systematist that would discover the balance between species in nature, Linnaeus ended up abandoning many fields, such as anatomy and experimentation.

  12. Linnaeus had a view common among botanists and natural philosophers of his day; that nature was a product of God, and the beauty and complexity found in nature was an example of God’s intelligent design. Everything was supposed to have a purpose, everything connected in some way, because that is the way an intelligent designer would have it.

  13. The views of Linnaeus heavily rely on the idea that God created everything in the natural world as it is. God’s beauty and design is through nature and by studying nature and plants, you are becoming closer to God through his works. By interpreting this Linnaeus believes that he can help people understand God the way he can.

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