I remember having my mind blown in an undergraduate microbiology class back in university. In ten minutes, the prof taught us how to make antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Let’s talk about eradicating illness and what that teaches us about how to change the world. Specifically, let’s zero in on how healthcare workers approach the different forms of rationality people and cultures use to understand their world, and from there, apply what we learn to global issues.
Why would people living in a region afflicted with an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus burn down clinics and attack healthcare workers who are trying to contain the disease?
I remember pundits of gene therapy touting its potential back when I was in grad school in the 1990s. Twenty-years of set-backs and hard work later, it seems that potential is now being realized.