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The idea pf progress: in what way has progressèmade modern-day life better?

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I'm going to talk about the notion Idea of progress. First of all, I will define this notion. The idea of progress can be defined as an improvement, a development or a change - a technical, scientific or social advance which contributes to making the world a better place.

In what ways has progress made modern-day life better?

We are going to study three documents. The first document is a video called lab burger first synthetic hamburger, the second document is an extract from the book called My sister's keeper, written by Jodi Picoult and the last document that I have chosen is

The first document is a video in which Sergey Brin, co-funder of Google, explains the reasons why he invested 250.000 Euros to create the first synthetic beef hamburger ever. His money was used by a team led by a physiologist Dr Mark Post from Maastricht university . Several persons are interviewed namely Sergey Brin, Richard Wrangham, professor of biological anthropology, Ken Cook an environmentalist, Mark post Professor of physiology. First of all, Richard Wrangham insists on the fact that meat is closely linked to man's evolution, it enabled us to have big brains, he says : "Once we started cooking meat then we could get lots of energy and that energy enable us to have big brains". According to Ken Cook, this meat consumption has tremendous impact on our planet therefore cultured meat could reduce the need for land and water. Ken Cook also alludes to the use of antibiotics on animals : He reproaches farmers with keeping their cattle in awful conditions as he says : "Well; 70% of the antibiotics in the US are not used on people, they are used on animals in agriculture". . Their testimony enable us to understand that Sergey Brin has invested his money in this new technology for animal welfare reasons and to preserve the environment too. According to Sergey Brin, this type of meat is the only alternative. Brin is optimistic and he is convinced that this technology offers a glimmer of hope for the future of mankind. Mark Post adds that it is not only feasible but also more efficient than real meat. A few cells can be turned into tons of meat. it is not science fiction. In the near future we will have the choice between real meat or lab grown meat.

The second document is an excerpt from the novel entitled My sister's keeper written in 2004 by Jodi Picoult. It tackles a topical problem, namely designer babies that is to say babies who are conceived in order to give some of their organs to an elder sibling and not just because their parents wanted another child. The main protagonist of the story is a teenage girl called Anna Fitzgerald. When she discovers that she was conceived as basically a walking organ bank for her sister, Kate, suffering from leukemia, she questions her place in life. So much so that she tries to emancipate herself from her family, a decision that could tear her family apart. In other words, Anna wants to sue her parents that's the reason why she has contacted Alexander Campbell, a famous lawyer. The lawyer is sceptical at first, he's convinced she is an overreacting teenager that's why he is impatient and intends to dismiss her. According to the lawyer Anna must be a moody teenager who wants to go behind her parent's back for birth control. He doesn't


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