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What are the Common Purposes? I've dwelt on that question since first reading my alma mater's founding principle "for the purposes of instructing persons, who may choose to apply themselves, in the application of science to the common purposes of life". The question, more than any answer I may ever offer, has guided me through many personal and professional endeavors. And, if I have learned anything it is that I have derived my greatest joy when I, as part of a team, have made a lasting difference to improve the lives of others. Should the thoughts I share here and the ensuing discussion lead others to ask the same question, to seek their own answers and to experience the same joy as I, then I shall consider this effort of value.

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Modern Living Through Chemistry? Electronics? Agriculture?

Posted August 10, 2013 12:12 PM by MillMatt

Can man live by bread alone? This rhetorical question has its roots in the Bible where related phraseology is found three times and the intent is spiritual not physiological. But, the rhetorical question has gained a life of its own and does speak to the issue of our need for food and the rise of agriculture, a massive global industry.

Better living through chemistry. That phrase has its roots in the trademarked advertising slogan "Better Things for Better Living...Through Chemistry" that DuPont (actually, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company) introduced in 1935. Dupont dropped "Through Chemistry" in 1982 but the phrase, "Better living through chemistry" lives on and, indeed, speaks to the global chemicals industry which has roots in petroleum and other natural resources.

Reach out and touch someone. AT&T introduced this identifiable slogan in 1979 as competition arose when the telecommunications industry (there was no internet, no cell phones then) was being untethered from government regulations (and a monopolistic industry structure). There are many variations on this theme which are juxtaposed (in my mind) to Google's admonishing "Don't Be Evil". (I know the story but what are they thinking now?) Alas, I digress. My point here is that the Electronics industry has grown rapidly (no kidding!), still is growing and seems central to our lives. But, is it?

The answer is yes. But, it's never that simple. And, that's what we'll begin to explore for these industries.

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Re: Modern Living Through Chemistry? Electronics? Agriculture?

08/10/2013 11:16 PM

Irrespective of to whatever height technology develops,lives cannot survive without food. But today food is contaminated by effluents/additives in soil,water,air, fertiliser,pesticides,herbicides etc etc

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08/11/2013 12:58 PM

Dooood.....wuuurrrrrrd...

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08/11/2013 5:55 PM

It may have been possible in those days as the food was of higher nutritional value and not manipulated by man. Also they did not have the kinds of wheat we consume now with altered proteins that are responsible for gluten intolerance and a host of other ailments.The bread was made from ancient grains that are quite scarce today. I also understand that they drank beer with their bread so possibly there was added nutrition due to their brewing process. Just a guess since I was not there at that time.

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