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Page #36

Q: MA I know that you don't like to talk about the SARS threads, but I have so many emails since I wrote the original article several years ago that I feel obligated to try and relay a few of those questions to you. Would you mind?

MA: Oh, I suppose not.

Q: Mostly people want to know about your original post “Precognition” where you originally alerted the Internet about the unexplained pneumonia cases in China.

Why did you choose to use Free Republic as the vehicle to post that thread?

MA: Well it is not as complicated as it may seem. I do not have a computer and use WebTv on my TV to read the Internet. And Free Republic is one of the few sites that is workable on WebTv. Most of the others have too much junk and are really not compatible.

Q: And you chose to post on SARS because?

MA: Fear son. It is hard to imagine how little we knew and how exponentially this threat grew in the first few days. I doubt anyone realizes just how mobilized and cooperative the scientific community was during that first week. I felt everyone needed to know what was transpiring in real time. And for an epidemiologist this was one very bad bug with a ticket to ride right into our West Coast.

Q: Interesting. Were you really frightened?

MA: Very much so.

Q: MA thank you for that, I must have had a hundred people looking for that answer.

Q: There is one more question that seems to be a constant among your fans, and that is what do you mean by precognition?

Q: Do you mean like seeing the future?

MA: Yes

Q: Why would you choose to title a thread on microbiology “Precognition”?

MA: Do you believe that thread is about microbiology?

Q: Mostly

MA: It is not.

(As we sat in MA’s library and stared out at the beautiful cottonwood trees lining the street, I pondered her response. It was a very odd thread - mixed with religion, science and pop culture - but it had no theme that I had ever discovered.)

Q: Ok, well what is the thread really about then?

MA: Why don’t you study it a bit and give me an answer on our next visit. How does that sound?

Q: Fine by me.