The idea of a "mad scientist" has been a typical study through much of recent literature. H.G Wells in both "The Invisible Man" and "The Island of Dr. Moreau" provides a strong beginning for the debates within a discussion of whether science can go too far. Recent advancements will also be highlighted to generate this discussion; such as cloning of extinct animals, eliminating disease in human beings, artificial intelligence, CERN and the "God" particle, and the prospects for humanity to survive, on this planet, or another. How much are humans meant to discover and understand? "Frankenstein" would be a classic work to consider with the course, as students often do not understand who the true monster is: hint, it's not the monster. It's important to note that while the United States of America has made several advancements in science, including those controversial to this day, there are also other nations considering what next, and realizing there really is no enforced limits or control in this regard. Religion, politics, and other general topics play a strong role in determining if science can go too far; yet I would hesitate to utilize the term "ethical" or "appropriate" science. Who decides this? Research on what can be considered fact, versus fiction, is also an important focus. Much of the science fiction of the previous generations is reality today, especially the predictions of H.G. Wells.