Society’s Ordered World & The Ontology of Genomics
On the January 27th, 2015 episode of The Nightly Show, Larry Wilmore offered some thought provoking questions to his panelists in the “Keep It 100” segment. Though the topic was vaccines, perhaps the least intellectually stimulating topic to discuss considering the preponderance of evidence in favor of vaccinating children, Wilmore’s line of questioning offered insight into how individuals order their world into a comprehensible whole. Wilmore asks his anti-vaccine panelist, Zoey O'Toole, “if a vaccine for autism came out now, would you recommend it?” Despite the absurdity (and perhaps betraying a fundamental misunderstanding of what autism actually is) of the question, O'Toole responds without a second thought “no, I wouldn’t trust it, no.” Watching this, my head moved so quickly into my hands that I assumed they were now inseparable.
Still, her answer provided significant insights...
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