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The Life Engineers: Prometheus Asks, Is a Culture as Stupid as Ours Ready to Create New Life?

Pinning down exactly what Ridley Scott's larger-than-life Prometheus means may be impossible. But it's safe to say that the movie - the 3-D quasi-prequel to Scott's seminal technoscience-horror fable, Alien - is self-consciously a myth for our scientific era.Prometheus opens over the shoulder of an alabaster figure on the edge of a prehistoric waterfall...

July 2, 2012 — Daniel Grushkin and Wythe Marschall

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