Based on the research literature (Grotzer, 2005) there are core issuesinvolved in the perception of risk in complex phenomena. This project tries totackle these issues while promoting the use of iterative design.1. Question: How can we find the hidden (or non-obvious) causes of aninfection
? Statement: Students will understand and appreciate:
that risk can stem from unexpected causes
that it is important to question assumptions2. Question: Can an infection be caused by something far away or thathappened sometime in the past? Statement: Students will understand andappreciate:
that causes do not have to be in temporal and spatial proximity. Forexample, there are theories that explain active hurricane seasonsas caused by an increase in water temperature in the arctic.3. Question: Can an infection have multiple unrelated causes? Statement:Students will understand and appreciate:
that a centralized mindset is not always useful when analyzingcomplex causality. For example, most people tend to think thattraffic jams are caused by a single event such as an accident or aconstruction site, but oftentimes it is caused by the small
is used to refer to any type of phenomenon that exhibits virus-likeproperties.