Two Women Revolutionize Science, Life, And Hope

This Year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry Honors an Immense Revolution in All Fields of Humanity, Including Aging, And Thus Of Course, Wisdom All Over…

For the longest time, women were treated as mental retards generally incapable of creative thinking. There is actually no reason to believe women are less capable, they were just oppressed. The oppression of women did not just discard half of humanity: by making women stupid, it guaranteed stupid children in the next generation. Sexist countries are stupid countries. Wisdom is not just deep, it can be brutal…

Several women shine as creators of the greatest ideas in the history of civilization: Aspasia, Pericles’ second wife, defined the Open Society and gave him all his good ideas. Queen Bathilde of the Franks outlawed slavery.., 13 centuries ago (just when Islam enshrined sexism!).

Gabrielle-Émilie Le Tonnelier de Breteuil, marquise du Châtelet was arguably a more important physicist than roughly any man, including Newton. Not only did she discover infra red radiation, but she discovered energy (Newton had confused momentum, the impetus of Buridan, with energy; energy is the integral relative to speed of momentum… Émilie du Châtelet had translated Newton in French; she was also a top philosopher.

Then of course there is DNA. Two guys got the Nobel for it, one of them a racist (Watson). A woman, Rosalyn Franklin, had done all the hard work they used, taking the X rays… And died from it (X ray induced leukemia)….

Notice I didn’t even mention Marie Curie, who is the only person who got scientific Nobels in two different scientific fields… Although stellar, there are bigger stars. Her daughter Irene also a Nobel in chemistry, for the discovery of man-made elements, and went on to discover nuclear fission in 1937 (the 1944 Nobel for that was weirdly given in 1945, to Otto Hahn, a dishonest German Nazi who was just the correspondent Irene had succeeded to instruct… Sweden can be strange… See the Assange story for further strangeness of the same type…)

With Crispr, two XX scientists turned a curiosity into an invention that will transform the human race into a much better race (hahaha). The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2020 was awarded jointly to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer A. Doudna “for the development of a method for genome editing.”

At the time, they were working at the University of California, Berkeley (Doudna is still there, Charpentier is research director at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin). Oct. 7, 2020

Emmanuelle Charpentier, left, and Jennifer Doudna may have made the most important biological advance since the discovery of the structure of DNA.
Emmanuelle Charpentier, left, and Jennifer Doudna may have made the most important biological advance since the discovery of the structure of DNA.Credit…Miguel Riopa/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

When Jennifer Doudna was in sixth grade, she came home one day in Hawai’i to find that her dad had left a paperback titled “The Double Helix” on her bed. She thought it was one of those detective tales she loved. When she read it on a rainy Saturday, she discovered she was right. As she sped through the pages, she became enthralled by the intense drama, filled with colorful characters, about ambition and competition in the pursuit of nature’s wonders. Even though her high school counselor told her girls didn’t become scientists, she decided she would.

She would help to make what the book’s author, James Watson, later told her was the most important biological advance since he and Francis Crick discovered the structure of DNA (Watson and Crick were helped by a lot of other people). She worked with a brilliant Parisian biologist named Emmanuelle Charpentier to turn a curiosity of nature into an invention that will transform the human species (and probably its pets): an easy-to-use tool that can edit DNA. They were helped by another woman who was a professor at UC Berkeley in another domain. Known as Crispr, the new method ushered in a new universe of medical miracles, moral questions, and an alluring future (who wants to decay and die of old age? Not me).

For this accomplishment, on Wednesday they were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. It is a recognition, not just of those two, but also that the development of Crispr will hasten our transition to the next great innovation revolution. And that biology is chemistry (I think it’s more: Quantum Physics).

The past half-century has been a digital age, based on the microchip, the computer and the internet. All of these use electrons flowing as if in ducts. It’s all classical physics in a sense, not fundamentally different from computing with water flowing in canals.

Now we are entering a Quantum-Life-science era. Children who study digital coding will be joined by those who study the code of life, and those who study Quantum coding. Both will be connected, because life, including DNA, is not just classical, but also Quantum. It will be a revolution that will someday allow us to cure diseases, fend off the pandemics of viruses and other microbes all excited by a warming planet, and (if we decide it’s wise) to design humans with the genetic features or modifications we deem superior (wisdom, philosophy will have to grow in proportion).

Generic engineering will also allow us to become multi-centenarians, as some whales are, and gather the wisdom brought by advanced years, not to say centuries.

When one will be able to live twenty centuries, one will not risk, as the Greek heroes did, after only twenty years alive, that the only way to reach immortality was to die in the glory of going out, destroying another country…

As Joe Biden did.

Except there was no glory in what he did, killing millions on the cheap, and not living up to his responsibilities.

Patrice Ayme

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2 Responses to “Two Women Revolutionize Science, Life, And Hope”

  1. pshakkottai Says:

    This is interesting from a mythological point of view. Shiva, the lord of dance (Nataraja) is seen displayed in CERN to signify the dance of elementary particLes etc. is married to SHAKTI, the goddess of energy who is supposed to rule the mind and sometimes they are portrayed in a hermaphodytic form. It is natural in Indic thought to associate women with energy!


    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Women need a lot of energy to procreate, and bo not have a choice.
      Indian and Chinese old thinking and mythologies are full of very deep wisdom (so was Persia, but it has been buried by the Shia fanatics…)… which we all gain to know some more about. And brain activity uses a huge amount of energy…

      Often ancient wisdom discovered perspectives on entire avenues of thought.
      In economy, for example, MANY societies discovered independently, from Viking to Comanches, the importance of the Absolute Wealth Limit the Roman Republic legislated… And the importance of which we have forgotten.


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