As you all know, we will be attending "Next in Evolution" at Radcliffe this coming week. (Please do arrive by 3, but note the full schedule at the "Next in Evolution" site, and feel free to come earlier if you can.)
In preparation for Next in Evolution, and to followup on our Seminar discussion of DNA-related manipulation & forecasting, please view and/or read the materials listed here, and contribute to PredictionX.org with a short thought piece on what you would/would not want to know about your or society's (genetic) future. (Details on the writing assignment are below, after the links to watch & suggested readings.)
First, watch these two (amusing!) "From DNA to Evolution-Plain & Simple"
videos to learn what you need to know about DNA and mutations:
Juan Enriquez' famous TED talk on the future of human evolution
(note that this TED talk was originally delivered in 2009, and I'm just using a later youtube link show the talk is easily viewed in Canvas) After Enriquez's talk, he and Steve Gullans wrote a great book, called Evolving Ourselves, which I highly recommend. If you have time/interest, go read that.
Then, the last "required" video is
former Harvard Provost Harvey Fineberg, talking about Neo Evolution.
Additional interesting background reading, just FYI https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/can-evolution-outrace-climate-change/
And then, what should you write?
Harking back to the discussion we started in Seminar on October 29, where we created this whiteboard sketch, please do the following...
Think about the four extremes in the space we define in the image above: 1: Definitely DON'T want to know, personally; 2: Definitely DON'T want to know, for a population; 3: Definitely do want to know, personally; and 4: Definitely DO want to know, for a population.
Do some research online or in the library to find a news story about genetic manipulation or analysis. Think about where that news story fits in the space defined above. At this link, add a page containing the following:
1--a link to your article, including its title, authors, source, and publication date
2--place a shape with identifying text inside it (with a few words summarizing your article) on slide 1 of this Google Slides file, of whatever shape/size you think is appropriate, showing where you think your story's content would go
3--write a page or two explaining what the article is about and WHY you think it goes where you would place it in the Google Slides diagram (based on the image above)
4--once you've "published" your article here on PredictionX.org, add that link not only as your assignment entry here on Canvas, but back on the diagram from Step 2 (using add link in the Google Slide)