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Heike Larson: CEO of The Roots of Progress
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By Heike Larson
A word from new CEO at The Roots of Progress, Heike Larson, expressing her gratitude for the opportunity and her visions for both the company and the progress movement! Heike draws on her childhood at the East/West German border to elaborate on her motivations and inspiration for her new role.
By Sam Rodriques
Sam, of the Francis Crick Institute, joins the forum with a wishlist for biological breakthroughs. Biologists could dream a little more, Sam argues, so that their expertise can supplement and enhance possibilities for improvements in health, understanding, and transcendence.
by Anton Howes
Anton brings us another essay from his Age of Invention series, this time investigating the rise of commerce in eighteenth century England and, more pertinently, the impact this had on politics as the balance between mercantile and aristocratic interests shifted. The infamous ‘Corn Laws’ lie at the heart of this tale.
By Jason Crawford
Jason deliberates over biomedical progress, as well as the trappings of classification. The ‘cure for cancer’ debate is often nixed by the notion that cancer is not a single disease, thereby belying visions of a single cure. But vaccines and public health reform obliterated most infectious disease, which is a similarly non-singular biomedical category. Perhaps the approach to cancer could be different after all.
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