Author Archives: Julianne Yip

Julianne completed her PhD in cultural anthropology at McGill University. She is especially interested in human-environment relations, and has worked on Arctic sea ice and climate change, zoonoses, and most recently, synthetic biology.
an artistic drawing of a mouse, space background and seen inside the mouse

Pain-Free Mouse, being ‘human,’ and more-than-human ethics

In the opening scene of Blade Runner, a fictional diagnostic called the Voigt-Kampff test distinguishes human from android. The test, as imagined in Philip K. Dick’s sci-fi novel and later adapted into the film adaptation, exploits a primary autonomic response: the so-called ‘shame’ or ‘blushing’ reaction to a “morally shocking stimulus.” In the novel, the ‘moral shock’ stimulus invariably involves nonhuman animals: (read more...)