I found this little gem as I surfed the annals (I like this word it confuses people into thinking I’m being…) of the Internet looking for humour. The video, originally posted by @Askkentey on TikTok (at least that’s where I found it) explains graphically how vaccines work to teach your body to fight viral infections.
I’ve always known that art is a better way to convey complex ideas than words alone. Art bypasses the need for translation and vocalisation (and sub-vocalisation – the need to say the words you read in your head – for many non-native speakers).
Visual arts directly hit the frontal cortex of the brain, which is responsible for cognition. I believe, like Neil deGrasse Tyson does, that science should make better use of art to present its most difficult principles because they (science and art) are similar in their intention, which is to explain something.
In many ways science and art are profoundly similar. The best of each rise up from the depths of human creativity, nurtured by an individual’s commitment and passion to the discipline. In common parlance, we are equally likely to hear (or say ourselves)Neil deGrasse Tyson, https://bit.ly/393yXh5She’s got it down to a scienceorHe’s raised it to an art.
But you wanted to watch that little smart video explaining how vaccines work.
Here is an excerpt of a WHO (World Health Organisation) on the same topic and a link to the full article.
A pathogen is a bacterium, virus, parasite or fungus that can cause disease within the body. Each pathogen is made up of several subparts, usually unique to that specific pathogen and the disease it causes. The subpart of a pathogen that causes the formation of antibodies is called an antigen. The antibodies produced in response to the pathogen’s antigen are an important part of the immune system. You can consider antibodies as the soldiers in your body’s defense system. Each antibody, or soldier, in our system is trained to recognize one specific antigen. We have thousands of different antibodies in our bodies. When the human body is exposed to an antigen for the first time, it takes time for the immune system to respond and produce antibodies specific to that antigen.
Thanks again for reading, I hope this is useful.
— The Devil Unbound