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The Question: What is the greatest challenge to individual wellness in the future?
This is your opportunity to be a budding scholar. There are no right or wrong answers to The Question. I
expect to receive as many different answers as there are students in the class,
and I hope that I do. I also
expect to find some themes among you.
Before you begin formulating your answer (even if you already have an idea of the direction
you would
like to go), it’s a good idea to visit the Annual Question section of Edge.org. From
2005 through 2018, Dr.
Jon Brockman, the curator Edge.org, asked an annual question of sufficient scope to engage scholars
and other leading minds in its answer. He then collated the responses and posted them on Edge.org. (He
also published them in book form if you’re
interested.) Edge.org is the smartest stop on the internet.
Reading these response, even a
few of them to a few questions, will give a good idea 1) how to think
about The Questions, 2) how to go about framing your response, 3) why no one answer could possibly
be correct, and 4) the structure and tone your response should take. It is to your benefit to spend as
much time as possible over the semester visiting these pages. Make it part of your scheduled homework
associated with this assignment.
ACTION ITEMS
1. Read and think about The Question.
2. Spend time reading responses to Annual Questions on Edge.org.
3. Think about a basic one sentence response to The Question.
If I asked The Question in class and
went around the room asking each student to respond in one sentence, what would you say?
Good. Write that down.
4. Why is that your response? NOTE: You aren’t writing a thesis, support 1, support 2, conclusion
paper. Unsure? Read more responses on Edge.org. Just answer why.
5. Finally, think about how to craft your response around public health, politics, and personal
choice, using the micro-barriers as examples where appropriate and most impactful. That is,
create the most compelling response using the structure you’ve created. And NOTE: These
broad strokes topics are not orthogonal; some barriers may fit into two categories, which
allows
you an opportunity to address the strength of those barriers. (If a barrier were to exist across all
three categories, then perhaps the categories need to be rethought.)