There is so much in this book, but because most of the topics of discussion are rhetorical and interconnected, it is clearer if I just use "moral dilemma" to encompass all facets. Themes of interest and thought-provoking points are as follows:
- moral dilemma
- "the more intelligent you become, the more problems you'll have"
- intelligence and ignorance: benefits of each, caliber of problems for each
- language: as a barrier or a pathway depending on intellectual extremes
- subconscious: idea that nothing in our minds is ever gone
- reconciliation of old self and new self after a mighty re-birth
- "men dedicating their lives to studying more and more about less and less"
- affection: intelligence without the ability to give and receive affection leads to neurosis
Most novels fit into a certain type of narrative, and this story is one of many fantastic creation narratives (think the Bible and Frankenstein). Creation narratives always have complex questions regarding the consequences, ethics, and responsibilities surrounding creation, right of possession creators have over creations, and the individual needs and feelings of the created being, so there is a lot to digest. Could it get any better than this? Love love love it!