Lab-grown mini brains

The Conversation UK

I am both fascinated and horrified by this story from Guillaume Thierry in The Conversation. It definitely falls into the category of, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

And transplanting lab grown brains into animals is disgusting. It’s one thing to conduct experiments on tissue, it’s another to put that tissue into another living thing. That is both unethical and cruel.

I realise no amount of legislation or control will stop some motivated party exploring the many potentials of the technology. Perhaps they should also consider the possibility that lab grown brains might play a part in the Singularity.

For those who don’t know the Singularity is the point at which “technological growth becomes uncontrollable and irreversible, resulting in unfathomable changes to human civilization.”

The unfathomable changes could bring some kind of utopia. They could also bring judgment day, and Terminators dispatched to destroy us.

It’s sobering to think science fact is accelerating past science fiction.


Another rejection

Got another letter from the BBC Writers’ Room today. They returned The Singularity with a letter telling me they’ve “decided not be taking things further”. Not unexpected, I never expect anything else.

Still stings though.

I did get a brief critique. Apparently “it is worth noting that only a relatively small proportion of scripts we receive are given feedback”. Still haven’t had time to digest what they had to say, and probably won’t for a while. I need to rewrite Carrion before I take another look at The Singularity.

Onwards and upwards.

I wouldn’t be doing it if it were easy.

Beyond three acts

Read this very interesting piece by John Truby at Raindance WHY 3 ACT WILL KILL YOUR WRITING. It made me think about the way my writing has developed.

The first draft of my first feature screenplay was a monster. I think mainly because I tried to stick to the a very rigid three act structure. But as Truby points out “the 3-act structure doesn’t work because it is arbitrary” and “places no emphasis on character”. I think it actually gets in the way of character, it certainly did for me. Subsequent drafts, and subsequent screenplays, have all developed beyond the three act structure.

My most recent screenplay “THE SINGULARITY” has nine very clearly defined sections, one about every ten minutes, and it is every ten minutes, because I structured it that way from the outset.

It felt strange when I started, as if I was a Christian discovering evolution, but once I put the three act structure behind me, I was able to plot a story more in tune with my character.

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