Norman Borlaug, Scientist and Humanitarian
September 16, 2009 by prof77
Fount, my father, contributed this today:
Re: Dr. Borlaug, Scientist and Humanitarian
I recall that in communication theory, the word “noise” refers to anything in the “system” (static, interference, etc.) that reduces the probability of the “message” being received. I guess that meaning of “noise” was what the recent article from Provda meant when it referred to the dumbing down of the American populous being partly the result of an education system that focuses on pop culture rather than on the classics. It is also what is meant by the pun, “weapons of mass destraction.”
But it goes way beyond that. For example, I read in some obscure corner somewhere this week about the death of one of my personal heroes, Norman Borlaug. WHO?????
Dr. Norman Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize winner, 1970
Together, Fritz Huber (WHO???? – inventor of the synthetic nitrogen process) and Norman Borlaug (Father of the Green Revolution) made it possible (for better or for worse) for this planet to feed six time the number of people it had ever been able to feed before them. That is, five billion of the six billion (5 out of every 6) people on earth today, owe their very lives to the work of those two men. Their work has made far more of a “DIFFERENCE” than all the “Welfare” politics and “charitable” organizations the world has ever known put together.
Yet, according to my (unofficial) calculations, our “News” media gave approximately 10 (to the 7,492th power), times more coverage to the death (and life) of Michael Jackson than to that of Norman Borlaug. I don’t think I’ve ever met many people in “Franklin” who ever heard of Huber or Borlaug nor many who had not heard of Michael Jackson.
Was Michael Jackson’s contributions to the human race really THAT much more significant than that of Norman Borlaug? Now, THAT is REAL “NOISE” in the “system”, and one about which I do, “give a damned” (to completer the Rhett Butler quote).
As self centered American “CONSUMERS” (i.e. more than we produce and six times the world average), obsessed with the “NOISE” of our “weapons of mass detraction” (entertainment), we might do well to stop and give some thought to the “message” in Norman Borlaug’s last public speech:
“Human misery is explosive, and you better not forget that!”