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Monday, February 27, 2017

How We Live Presentation Quiz, Reading Materials, and Discussion Questions

Quiz Questions:

1. What does Nuland say that more people will base their decisions about a belief system on, instead of facts?
2. What is the Greek root word that Mitosis is derived from, and what does it mean?
3. What are the differences between genotype and phenotype?

4. Where did Margaret Hansen have her surgery?
5. Where was her aneurysm located?

6. Who discovered the circulation of blood?
7. William Harvey wrote, " This is the only reason for the motion and beat of the heart," What was he trying to do when he said this?

8. Was man's knowledge of his body acquired in a smooth continuum?
9. What are the three critical instruments in the 19th century that redirected the path of medical progress away from clinical artistry and toward the goal of scientific objectivity?
10. How many cells did Robert Hooke estimate was in one cubic inch of cork?

Discussion Questions:

  • For you personally, how does science fit into your belief system? Does it have any influence on your beliefs, or are they two completely separate entities?
  • What are your own thoughts on destiny and free will? Is your life predetermined by your genetics (or perhaps something else?)
  • In today's society where do you feel like emotion comes from, the heart or brain?
  • A quote from page 243, Is it right for doctors to have this God mentality?
  • Why do you think that new discoveries were "stifled" for about 1400 years?
  • What do you think of the concept "every cell originates from a previously existing cell"?
  • What do you think would be the best way to keep the majority of people who are not specialist in the scientific fields up to date with new advancements and concepts relating to the field?


  1. Here's a video of mitosis taking place in real time: https://youtu.be/m73i1Zk8EA0

    William Harvey, the "misunderstood genius": https://youtu.be/7NOU4McjtXs

    A little history of the microscope: https://youtu.be/Ue-86MDmjns

  2. Thanks for posting this after dealing with your local deluge, Tanner. "How we live" is, among other things, unpredictably!

    Good DQs! Science is interwoven with everyone's belief systems whether they acknowledge it or not, insofar as we all partake of applied science (aka technology) and even depend on it, to an alarming extent. I can't imagine how some of our contemporaries so compartmentalize their mental lives as to persuade themselves that they're not heavily scientistic in outlook. We all are.

    Is genetic nature destiny? Well, my genome rules out some of my old childhood fantasies (like flying or playing in mlb) but I'm pretty sure it rules in everything I will or can reasonably hope to do. So in that sense, it is.

    Emotion, contrary to some Stoics and Vulcans, is not opposed to rational intelligence. I'd say it comes from the brain as much as whatever exactly we mean by "heart"...

  3. Extra quiz questions:
    1. Who believed that the seat of emotions was at the brain?
    2. What philosopher saw the heart as the central capital from which our lives are governed?
    3. Approximately how many cells are in the human body?
    4. As a result of_________ a rapid sequence of new findings was made possible and led to cell theory.
    5. What was the Latin word for "the pores" found in the cork?
    6. What organ accounts for approximately 100,000 new cancer malignancies a year In the US?

  4. Alternative Quiz Questions:

    1. What are the 3 critical principles of cell theory?

    2. What is referred to when scientists speak of mapping the human genome?

    3. What can be said about the number of variations that occur regarding the millions of combinations of genetic material between a sperm and an egg?

    4. Why did the doctors of New Haven's Hospital not trust the accuracy of Jack's information about his wife?

    5. What effects did the prscription doses of Demerol and Percocet have on Marge?

    6. What was the difference in the perspectives of Aristotle and Hippocrates regarding the function of the heart?

    7. What belief persisted until the seventeenth-century explosion of scienticfic thinking?

    8. The publication of what theory opened the way to a profusion of studies aimed at elucidating aspects of the cardiac function?

    9. It would take the full cultural force of what time period to loosen the stranglehold on the knowledge given by Galen?

    10. What 3 predominant features characterize the structure of any cell?