Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I know I've been gone for awhile....

I know I've been gone for awhile, but I've been swamped with homework, and I apologize.

My rant for today:
I'm a poor college student, so I have to wait for movies to come out on the $1.00 rental kiosks before I can actually watch them.  If you've already seen "Contagion", please forgive my outdated rant. 

I just finished watching "Contagion" and was very disappointed.  There were two things that really bothered me and if I am wrong on my assessment, please correct me.

First: The digital depiction of the so called virus in the movie was actually a protein (if I've paid proper attention in basic biology class). 

Second: The mention that babies actually get half of their immune system from the father is completely wrong (if I've listened to my immunology lectures correctly).  From what I understand, infants are not born with an immune system at all.  Infants are initially given antibodies from the mother (through breastfeeding) initially and then develop an immune system, over time, based on the vectors that the mother has been exposed to.

Maybe I'm completely wrong, but I thought that the director, or producers, of the movie might have actually consulted an immunologist before proceeding with the screenplay. 

The only good thing about the movie, besides all of the cameo appearances, was the complete denigration of the 'anti-vaccination' - 'homeopathy' movement in the piece.  Homeopathy is such a crock of shit, as is the anti-vaccination movement.  Kudos to the directors/producers for that point.

Otherwise, the movie was just an entertainment, but not anything to take literally.  Don't take what you hear from me, or anyone else as absolute fact.  Do your research and trust in the 'scientific method'.

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