Vaccine

Latin vaccinus, from vacca “cow” because of

early use of cowpox virus against smallpox.

I remember the massive Sabin oral vaccine

for polio first developed by Jonas Salk.

Vaccines stimulate the production of antibodies

provide immunity against one or several diseases

using disease to treat without inducing disease.

“Our greatest responsibility,” said Dr. Salk Vaccine,

“is to be good ancestors.” We too

use our life to inoculate against life.

A 1963 poster featured CDC’s national symbol of public health, the “Wellbee”, who was encouraging the public to receive an Sabin Type-II oral polio vaccine in campaigns across the United States. (via Wikimedia)

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The Index of Forbidden Books

One was written by a believer, 1632 –

Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems – 

really an argument between the Catholic Church

and Galileo, convicted of heresy for saying

that Earth is not the Universe’s center.

 

Galileo's trial

Galileo Galilei  pushes away the Bible at his trial for heresy by the Inquisition in Rome in 1633.  by Roberto Francesco Romolo Bellarmino

 

Entanglement

Though we are now very far apart,

I feel connected to you again like

Einstein’s “spooky action at a distance” but

I have no scientific explanation for it –

no fear of the darkness of ghosts.

 

spook-keansburg

Photo: Spook House – Keansburg, NJ, 1969

[For more about the science of entanglement and why Einstein viewed it as “spooky,” see my post at Weekends in Paradelle.]

The Inquisition

1633: Galileo Galilei was put on trial

for saying that the Earth revolves around

the Sun. We are not the center.

They knew better than God who seems

to have been the one who planned it.

 


[ Back in April 1633, Galileo agreed to plead guilty and was sentenced to an unlimited period of house arrest in his home in Florence for this offense. He gradually went blind and stopped looking to the heavens. It took until 1992 for the Catholic Church to formally admit that Galileo’s views on the solar system are correct. ]