The Six Million Dollar Man

Lesson 18

The Six Million Dollar Man by Harold J. Morowitz

 

Summary

 

Morowitz examines the chemical name of the human body in "Six Million Dollar Man'. From the minute calculation of inch chemicals and substances, triter comes to the conclusion that each human being is priceless. Human can't be exchanged with money Each human has infinite preciousness, which can't be compared with money. No one can buy human intellect, love, sympathy and reaction. Writer attacks Over The biochemical companies which are responsible to spread fake message that human body can be exchanged in price.

 

One day Morowitz got a humorous birthday card from his daughter and son in law. The front part of the card showed that according to Biochemists the materials that make up the human body are only worth 97€. It was so less value, so, writer decided to make a thorough study of the entire matter. He started to observe catalogue of a biochemical company. By calculating the value of all substances green pin catalogue, he concluded in the menage rule of a gram dry weight of Human body was $245.54. Writer's weight times 76,364 grams and by removing 68% water, he could be 24,436 grams. He multiplied 24.436 with 24554 and knew that his actual cost was $6,000,015.44. He was six-million-dollar man, which is really an enormous amount that just 97 cents.

 

Ninety-seven cent was very less price than the price of coal, air water, lime, irons etc. Modern science was unable to calculate the amount of various substances like proteins, amino acid etc., writer says that six million dollars is much too tow price of a man. Only insulin and ribonuclease are synthesized but larger portion of protein is left. If human price is done in terms of cellular substructures, the cost can ben outnumbered.

 

Writer comes to the conclusion that one can buy macromolecular components of Inman body but not a human being. The unstable molecules of -70° neither or cast vote for cu claim for rights. Similarly, dry-ice chest full of organelles cannot make love and complain. Writer says that it is impossible to collect cells into tissues, tissues into organs and organs into a person. So, human body can't be compared with money. Each man being is priceless. Your body is an instrument for the production of art in the life of human soul




Short Answer Questions

 

1. How does the writer come to the conclusion that human beings' value is infinite? [5]

 

2061 Q.No.5b and 2075 Set C Q.No.5b and 2075 GIE Q.No.5d

 

The writer. Harold J. Morowitz, comes to the conclusion in his essay The Six Million Dollar Man that each human being is priceless. He does it simply exploring into the price of the human body after getting a humorous greeting from his son and daughter in law that claimed that the price of human body is 97 cents, He gets price list of all the parts of the body from bio- chemical company. He concludes that the value of dry human body is $ 245.54 per-gram. The weight to the writer's dry body is 244436 grams. He multiplies it and finds the total value of his body $ 6,000,015,44. So he calls himself a six Million Dollar man. After doing this, he calculates prices of cells, tissues, souls, etc, then he finds a man valuable or priceless He concludes that the price of human body can’t be measured terms of dollar. The human body is endlessly valuable. Shifting his subject from human body to human being he says we cannot evaluate the human life in biochemical point of view. An incubator can develop micro-organisms artificially but it cannot assemble the cells to tissues, tissues into organs, and organs into a person, fill it with life and make a human being Thus, each human being is priceless and infinitely precious. We cannot evaluate a person's life in terms of money. The rationality and humanity are the characteristics of human being it can produce anything. Alfred North Whitehead is true that. The human body is an instrument for the production of art in the life of human soul Human body and human being differ from each other. Human body is made up of chemical organism but a man becomes human being because of consciousness, rationality and some indispensable human qualities.


2. What type of definition of the human body is implied in the statement of the greeting card? Why does Morowitz question it? At what strikingly different definition does the author finally arrive? [5]

 

2075 Set B Q.No.5b

 

Morowitz's short and meaningful essay, The Six Million Dollar Man starts with a greeting card he gets from his son and daughter in law. The caption of the greeting card mentions that the human body prices as ninety-seven cents. The definition is 50 much humorous and states that human body is so cheap.

 

But the author as the biochemist doesn't remain happy. So, he questions. He thinks it is too much a low estimation So he observes the biochemical list which he has got with himself and finds the price. By calculating the value of all substances given in catalogue, he concluded that the average value of a gram dry weight of human body was $245.54. Writer's weight was 76,364 grams and by removing 68% water he could be 24,436 grams. He multiplied 24,436 with 245,54 and knew that his actual cost was $6,000,015.44. He was six-million-dollar man, which was really an enormous amount than just 97 cents.

 

Ninety seven cent was very low price than the price of coal, air water, lime, irons etc.: Modem science was unable to calculate the amount of various substances like proteins, amino acid etc. writer says that six million dollar is much too low price of a man, Only insulin and ribonuclease are synthesized but larger portion of protein is left. If human price is done in terms of cellular substructures, the cost can be outnumbered.

 

Starting his essay with the definition of human body. he comes to the definition of human being at last. He finally arrives to striking differences between human body and human being Human being is infinitely precious and priceless. The love, kindness and compassion of the human being can't be put in price



3. Why did the writer say he was a Six Million Dollar? (5)

 

2056 Q.No.5d, 2070 Set B Supp Q.No.5d and 2071 Set C Q.No.5e

 

Once, the writer received a birthday card sent by his daughter and son-in-law in that card, mentioned that the price of the human body is only 97 was cents. The writer was not satisfied with this definition of human body. So, he himself started to investigate the thing by himself. He consulted a catalogue which contained the names of the different chemicals which make a human body. The prices of the chemicals were written in the catalogue according to per gram Some chemicals were cheaper whereas some chemicals were really very costly. The writer started his computation. He took his weight and subtracted from 68 % of water portion He found that his dry weight 24436 gm, and by a further computation, he came to know that he was worth of 6 million dollars. So, the writer says, he was a six-dollar million man.



4. Why does the author say that the body of each person is definitely precious?

 

2069 Partial Q.No.5e

 

The author, Harold J. Morowitz, says that the human body is infinitely precious and priceless. That he says with biochemical justification. The author received a humorous birthday and from his daughter and son law with a caption. “According to BIOCHEMISTS the materials that make up the HUMAN BODY are only worth 190 cents." The definition compelled him to make thorough study of the entire matter. He started by sitting down with his catalogue from a biochemical company and began to list the ingredients and their prices. His biochemical value was 97c when he was paying for the informally poorest form of cool, air, water lime, bulk iron, etc. but in the six-million-dollar figure he was paying for his atoms in the highest informational state in which they are commercially available. It can be done for less than six thousand trillion dollars. But we cannot evaluate the human life in biochemical point of view. An incubator can develop micro-organisms artificially but it cannot assemble the cells into tissues, tissues into organs, and organs into a person, fill it with life and make a human being. In this way, he says each human being is priceless and infinitely precious. We cannot evaluate a person's life in terms of money.




5. Is human being a Six Million Dollar Man? Explain. [5]

 

2060 Q.No.5b and 2067 Q.No.5d

 

No human being is not "Six Million Man”. Actually, he is infinitely precious thus can't be put in the scale of money or commerce. The author, Morowitz, has clearly elucidated in the essay that the human love and kindness are the abstracts that go beyond the price limit. Through this essay, the author reveals the complexity of the human body and amazing aspects of its creation. He seems to suggest that the human being is priceless. He makes us draw a philosophical conclusion in the infinite preciousness of each person. The explanations given to have such conclusion are highly convincing. The author moves step by step preparing the readers for the grand philosophical conclusion, He shifts his subject. He starts the essay by talking about the human body and ends up by talking about the human being. The essay begins with a greeting sent to him by his daughter and son-in-law, it is found to have a caption with the information about the worth of the human body according to biochemists. The author becomes eager to read that its worth is only 97 cents. In order to verify the truth, he lists all the ingredients of the human body such as hemoglobin, human DNA etc. with the prices per gram Then goes calculating the average price of the dry gram which he multiplies with his total dry gram and the result shows he is six-dollar million man. But he doesn't end there. He goes on investigating. The more he investigates the greater the price appears to be Finally ho leads to the fact that human body is infinitely precious. We may procure the human body chemicals required to form a human body from bio chemist lab. It is impossible to assemble the body chemicals into a complete human form. The collection of body chemicals cannot be equalized with human being as it cannot act and feel like human beings After detailed analysis finally the writer comes to the conclusion that human body is readily invaluable and it is improper to compare human beings in terms of money.



Long Answer Questions

 

 6. How does the writer in the essay "The Six Million Dollar Man" justify that human beings are priceless? (10)

 

2066 Q.No.4b, 2070 Set D Q.No.4a, 2071 Set B Q.No.4b, 2072 Partial B Q.No.4b, and 2074 Supp Q.No.4b

 

By examining the statistical statement that the chemical value of the human body is only a few cents by setting forth the definition of the value of the human body, Harold J. Morowitz tries to justify that the human beings are priceless. The author Morowitz has clearly elucidated in the essay that the human love and kindness are the abstracts that go beyond the price limit Through this essay, the author reveals the complexity of the human body and amazing aspects of its creation He seems to suggest that the human being is priceless. He makes us draw a philosophical conclusion in the infinite preciousness of each person. The explanations given to have such conclusion are highly convincing. The author moves step by step, preparing the readers for the grand philosophical conclusion. He shifts his subject. He starts the essay by talking about the human body and ends up by talking about the human being.

 

The essay starts giving price of human body as 97$ and ends with a note that human being is priceless. The writer receives a birthday card where the sender had written that Human Body is only worth 975, When he got that card, he wanted to make a thorough study of human body in detail. So, he brought a list of prices provided by the biochemical company. He calculated the part of every person of the body. Human body is made of different ingredients like Hemoglobin, Trypsin, Crystalline insulin, DNA, and other. The price of one gram of Hemoglobin is found 36$, where one-gram DNA worth 798$

 

Calculating all the constituents of the body, the average value of a gram dry weight of human being is found worth $245-254. The writer's weight was 168 pounds. After subtracting 68% of water in his body his dry weight was found 24,436 grams. Multiplying his dry weights with the average price his worth $6,000,015.44. He became very happy because he was upgraded from 97$ to six Million Dollar Man. Giving us this humorous example the writer wanted to state that human body cannot be calculated in terms of price What we should realize is each human being is priceless. It leads us to a philosophical conclusion the infinite preciousness of each person. It might even lead us to Alfred North Whitehead's conclusion of art in the life of the human body is as instrument for the production of art is the life of the human soul.

 

The author became very happy and excited about the fact that human body is worth as six-dollar. Nevertheless, when he calculated every possibility of being a perfect man with the power of thought speech, reasoning and soul, he felt defeated before the nature. By saying only God can give humanity. and soul, so science and technology can create only man or human body, but not humanity, he justifies that the human beings are infinitely precious, thus priceless.



7. What message does the author give us in the essay "Six Million Dollar Man'? How does he come to the conclusion that the value of human being is six million dollars, first, then human being is six million dollars, first, then human being's value is infinite? [10]

 

2073 Set C Q.No.4c

 

In the essay 'Six Million Dollar Man the author gives us a message. The message is that the human body is priceless and human being is infinitely precious Starting to define human body as worth of 97 cent, the author comes to a philosophical conclusion that human being is infinitely priceless He comes to the conclusion that the value of human being is six million dollar first, then human being is six million dollar, and the human being's value is infinite. The message is that the more you investigate into bio-chemicals of the human being, the more the price is.

 

Morowitz examines the chemical value of the human body in Six Million Dollar Man'. From the minute calculation of each chemicals and substances, writer comes to the conclusion that each human being is priceless. Human can't be exchanged with money Each human has infinite preciousness, which can't be compared with money. No one can buy human Intellect, love, sympathy and reaction. Writer attacks over the biochemical companies which are responsible to spread fake message that human body can be exchanged in price.

 

One day Morowitz got a humorous birthday card from his daughter and son in law. The front part of the card showed that according to Biochemists the materials that make up the human body are only worth 97€ it was so less value, so, writer decided to make a thorough study of the entire matter. He started to observe a catalogue d a biochemical company. By calculating the value of all substances given in catalogue, he concluded that the average value of a gram dry weight of human body was $245.54. Writer's weight was 76,364 grams and by removing 68% water he could be 24,436 grams. He multiplied 24.436 with 245.54 and knew that his actual cost was $6,000,015.44. He was six-million-dollar man, which was really an enormous amount than just 97 cents.

 

Ninety-seven cent was very fewer prices than the price of coal, air water, lime, irons etc. Modern science was unable to calculate the amount of various substances like proteins; amino acid etc. writer says that six million dollars is much too low price of a man. Only insulin and ribonuclease are synthesized but larger portion of protein is left if human price is done in terms of cellular substructures, the cost can be outnumbered. Writer comes to the conclusion that one can buy macromolecular components of human body but not a human being. The unstable molecules of -70" neither can cast vole nor can claim for rights. Similarly, dry-ice chest full of organelles cannot make love and complain.

 

Writer says that it is impossible to collect cells into tissues, tissues into organs and organs into a person So, human body can't be compared with money. Each human being is infinitely priceless. Our body is an instrument for the production af art in the life of human soul.



8. Explain Harold J. Morowitz's joy in discovering that he is a Six Million Dollar Man. [10]

 

2063 Q.No.4a

 

Harold J. Morowitz expresses his joy when he discovers that he is six-dollar man, It happened so. On his birthday, the writer got a card from his daughter and son in law which stated that the price of human body is only 97 cents. The writer was not satisfied with this definition of human body. So, he himself started to investigate the thing by himself. He consulted a catalogue which contained the names of the different chemicals which make a human body. The prices of the chemicals were written in the catalogue according to per gram. Some chemicals were cheaper whereas some chemicals were really very costly. The writer started his computation. He took his weight and subtracted from 68 % of water portion. He found that his dry weight 24,436 gm and by a further computation he came to know that he was worth of 6 million dollars. He became very glad at this discovery. He had been sad at the information of 97 cents only but by his discovery, he suddenly felt that he was really a rich man Thus, when he finds a radical upgrade from the 97 cent to a six dollar man he is exalted From a biochemical catalogue he collects The information about the price of ingredients that the human body is made of. Then he calculates the average value of a gram dry weight of human being and his own dry weight. When he multiplies both, he finds his price, Six million dollar. This made him really happy. But he was not satisfied there. After his through study he reached to the conclusion that human body is priceless and human being is infinitely precious as it has got art, soul, rationality, emotions and sentiment which cannot be judged in terms of money.


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