The Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil


“And this is the core of the poisonous apple which Adam and Eve ate.” The tour guide pointed to a core, browned from oxidation but otherwise in good shape. “This was unearthed 10 years ago in Mesopotamia, and no scientific explanation regarding its preservation has come forth.”

Someone raised a hand. “Why do we want to keep it?”

“Many reasons! The NIH wants to research its antibiotic properties. The DOE wants to examine its timelessness to find clean fuels. And, of course, the DOD wants to weaponize it. One of these efforts has already succeeded – I’ll let you guess which…”


This was written for the August 8th Carrot Ranch Prompt,Ā poison apple. I’m a pretty religious person and a scientist, so I thought this would be a good way to take the story.

32 thoughts on “The Fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil

  1. jomz says:

    Iā€™m willing to bet that the DOD got the results first!

    Hey, we did the same challenge. I like the approach you used and the direction. It is interesting! Good job.

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      I’m so sorry for not seeing this or a few of your other comments! They’d somehow made their way into spam, and I just checked my spam folder today. I hope I can find all the stuff I just approved, but please forgive me if I suck!

      • What Words May Come says:

        I wonder why some things go to Spam and others don’t. I keep hearing this same comment. Also, you won’t hurt my feelings if you don’t respond. Life, as you know, has a way of keeping us busy!

  2. Jules says:

    That apple core reminded me of some of the recent (comic) hero movies where all the pieces of an evil part have to be brought together to make it work and blow up everything. Wouldn’t it be nice if one of the seeds could grow a new tree so we all could learn us something good? Some say the fruit of the Garden was a pomegranate…which looks a bit like a grenade… Always flip sides. It would be nice occasionally if the scales weighed for good… doesn’t seem to be that way presently if we only rely on headline news. We need to flip through the paper and find some good stories about good people.

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      My thought is because we want to worship ourselves. I believe it’s human tendency to turn inwards and believe in our own power – it’s why depression can make us feel so gloomy, because we stop having that innate belief. It’s also why, I think, most religions have an outward focus: even animism or shamanistic religions want us to put our faith somewhere other than ourselves. Anyway, that’s me waxing philosophical and probably wrong, haha!

      • Charli Mills says:

        Your waxings sound inline with a faith walk and explain both our nature to seek self-power and our proclivity to fail by it. Perhaps what we need is a balance between faith and empowerment, which I understand as accountability and actualization. Faith in something higher for our focus, but believe that we are a part of the greater whole and can use our gifts to make a difference. Now, that’s me waxing like a meliorist.

    • H.R.R. Gorman says:

      This could be a way to think of it. I think part of it is we’ve recently found out that technologies we *thought* were cooperative have turned out to be so environmentally destructive (oil) or temporary fixes (antibiotics). Still, it seems the destructive stuff still works, and we’re definitely invested in that research!

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