Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Haley Reading Group: Rinku Patel's "Bugged"
[The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2016)]
By Rae'Jean Spears
Rinku Patel’s article “Bugged” focuses on microbes. Patel highlights Jonathan Eisen, a researcher who suggests that microbes aren’t all bad and we are doing more harm than good by secluding ourselves in completely sanitized living spaces. Ultimately, the article encourages thinking about the viewpoint on germs and the necessity of some sanitation methods presently used in America.
Patel’s simple description of germs is interesting. Patel writes Eisen as expressing, “Sometimes germs are good, sometimes they’re bad….nothing is good or bad all the time” (234). This is especially interesting as the human race is often conditioned from birth to believe that germs are inherently bad.
After reading Patel’s article, at what point did you decide whether microbes are or are not a necessary part of everyday life? How did that passage influence your thinking? Please provide a page number citation.