Meet Me At Cell Culture

A couple of weeks ago I wound up at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research peering through a microscope to look at brain cells. This is what they looked liked…

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Different coloured lasers expose various parts of the cell.  From left to right, blue is the nucleus, green is the outer membrane, red I have no idea and green and blue in the lower right hand corner I have no idea either.

I’m not an expert in this field nor did I have any intention of looking at brain cells that night, however it did make me ponder the scope of human consciousness. Why we’re here? , who are we?, blah blah blah and so forth.

On that note I had some other questions…

Do scientists believe in God? Probably not

What about love? (didn’t ask)

I was also impressed to see white lab coats neatly hanging, very expensive scientific apparatus and bottles of chemicals hard to spell.  Surging levels of curiosity made me reminiscent of my younger years when I conjured several of my own theories;

  • One automatically dies when they turn 100,  (the precise moment being when they blow out their birthday candles, all of them)
  • Traffic lights control the movement of cars
  • Waves get angrier when you throw sand at them

Obviously none of them made it into a science textbook or any textbook for that matter but at least there was some effort made to understand the world we live in.

I guess that as we move through life, we replace curiosity with knowledge. Einstein once said “It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education”.

I say, stay curious.


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