Dr. Johns, please let me know if there is a better way to achieve informal discussion over the blog.
I'll open up with a question: Imagine the presentation of a creature such as Frankenstein's in modern society (assume we didn't know he was reanimated; we are ignorant to his origins). Would a large/ugly man receive the same reception today as the creature did in the novel? Might instead he be perceived as a medical miracle, or an object of Ripley's believe it or not? Think: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Wadlow or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Merrick