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Movie image.In 1971 Robert Allen Weiss of the Stanford Chemistry Department directed this video on protein synthesis. It features narration by Paul Berg, who graduated from Penn State in 1948 and went on to win the 1980 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. I was privileged to be introduced to the video by the biology faculty we're working with to create newer, more relevant learning opportunities. He was shown this video as an undergrad.

The video speaks strongly for itself.

If, through some miracle of space-time, we could watch a video of Aristotle at the Lyceum... would we chuckle? When did educators first start going out of their way to accommodate the hedonistic wants of youth? I can't help seeing this as a historical marker of some sort that tags the beginning of the end. Hindsight being 20/20, it's easy to sit in judgement. My mind is seriously reeling at the implications. What is our contemporary parallel?

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