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The Real Frankenstein: Giovanni Aldini
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Publish-date-icon October 31, 2011
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On this special Halloween edition of ID the Future, John West shares the inspiration for Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.

In his book, Darwin Day in America, West examines the experiments of Italian scientist Giovanni Aldini, conducted on human corpses. His gruesome experiments provided the inspiration for Frankenstein and foreshadowed the rise of a virulent strain of materialism that attempted to use science to reduce human beings to mere matter in motion.

Want to read instead? Here's the original post from Evolution News & Views with more detail and illustrations.

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