Thursday, July 23, 2015

Making penicillin is not brain surgery or rocket science --- its harder !

Humans still can't make penicillin or most other beta lactam antibiotics.

At least, we can't make them anywhere as cheaply and as environmentally friendly as can the small, weak, under-rated (and frankly second or third rate) penicillium slime.

This is something worth remembering when we explore why Dr Martin Henry Dawson did not have a preferential option towards the poor, weak and small ---- all impressions garnered during WWII to the contrary.

Dawson's preferential option actually was for the special qualities hidden inside the supposed second and third raters

Dawson's point was rather along the lines that 'the mobility speed and grasping strength of the penicillium fungus (to re-use this familiar example) was indeed incredibly small and weak, third or fourth rate, at least when compared to that of humans or indeed of mice'.

But in 1940, Dawson felt the penicillium were being unfairly underrated totally, rather than selectively, by scientists and the public.

Because in some other areas, such as in making penicillin, the fungus were the world champions, far and away.

Each of us, no matter how 'advanced' or 'defective' we appear to be, has various weaknesses and strengths , together with some totally unique attributes.

In a total world of global commensality - as in a never yet seen Total War - there is always a need for a 'ministry of all the talents'.

A need for a world with all of us being valued for what we have and cherished for what we hold uniquely -- rather than being dismissed for what we have not have ......

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