Science fiction is the bridge between what we envision for the far future and what we see in practice today. By showing us the possible dream worlds or living hells, such works of art touch upon the most relevant moral, ethical, social or political issues linked to technological progress.

We have no idea what the rapid technological development, the so-called fourth industrial revolution will bring upon us in the next decades. There is only one certainty: we will need a new set of skills to find our place in the future.

Terrorism is and will always be out there as we do not live in a world depicted in the movie Minority Report where crimes can be prevented by foreseeing them. We cannot and we do not want to supervise people’s lives as that would be the death of privacy. Also, disruptive technologies not only enhance […]



Top 10 Self-Surgeries

According to the Wikipedia article on self-surgery:

Self-surgery is the act of performing a surgical procedure on oneself. It can be a rare manifestation of a psychological disorder, an attempt to avoid embarrassment or legal action, or an act taken in extreme circumstances out of necessity.

Now the List Universe created a list of the top 10 most incredible self-surgeries. A short overview about what you will find there (the names and the procedure they performed):

  • Dr Jerri Nielsen: Biopsy
  • Amanda Feilding: Trepanation
  • Deborah Sampson: Extraction of Musket Ball
  • Dr Evan O’Neill Kane: Appendectomy and Inguinal Hernia Repair
  • Joannes Lethaeus: Lithotomy (Removal of stones formed inside certain hollow organs such as the bladder and kidneys)
  • Sampson Parker: Amputation of Right Arm
  • Dr Leonid Rogozov: Appendectomy
  • Douglas Goodale: Amputation of Right Arm
  • Aron Ralston: Amputation of Right Arm
  • Ines Ramírez: Caesarean Section

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