| Tyler | Inner Guard | Tracing Board | Middle Chamber | Holy Spirit Watch | 3° Tour | Keystone Kraft Koncepts | Search |

| Recently Initiated | Video and Audio Files | In Focus | The Morgan Report | F.·.W.·. Magazine | Mailroom | Links |

| Breaking Masonry News | Discussion Forum | Message Board | Blog | Blog | Guestbook | Books | Mobile |

| Pillars of the Community | Travelling Men | Ancient Landmarks | Memory Work |

| Anti-Masonry: Points of View | Craftyness | Global Freemasonry |

| Born in Blood | Catechisms of the Made Men | Fellowship |

FreePress-FreeSpeech Banner

freemasons, freemason, freemasonry

Freemasonry Watch

National Post: The Jonas Salk tribute from Google is rich with irony

g and compass

Google Doodle, 33 Across Crossword, Masonry, Freemasonry, Freemasonry, Masonic Lodge

National Post

The Jonas Salk tribute from Google is rich with irony

October 28, 2014

Lily Hay Newman, Slate

Google Doodle, Jonas Salk Tribute, Masonry, Freemasonry, Freemasonry, Masonic Lodge

It’s not every day that you get to enjoy rich irony along with your morning look at the latest Google Doodle. But today is such a day. To celebrate Jonas Salk’s 100th birthday (he died in 1995 at 80), Google made him a thank-you Doodle that depicts healthy children and some adults playing and happily going about their lives. It’s a nice gesture! But it’s also funny.

As Nigel Cameron, the president of the Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies, pointed out on Twitter, there’s a weird dissonance between the spirit of Salk’s vaccine discovery—as exemplified by his famous decision not to patent it—and the fact that Google spent 10 years lobbying to get Google Doodles patented, and eventually succeeded.

Jonas Salk, who developed the vaccine to prevent polio, was born on this day in 1914 in New York City. .

Google’s decision to patent its daily scribbles seems kind of absurd, especially since you would think that they would simply be protected under copyright laws. But as Business Insider explained when Google won its Doodle patent in 2011, you can’t blame the company for participating in the system—after all, its competitors do. The Doodle patent is for, “A system [that] provides a periodically changing story line and/or a special event company logo to entice users to access a web page.” That’s a thing! Kind of …

As Brian Palmer pointed out in an April Slate piece about Salk’s decision not to patent the vaccine, Salk’s famous rhetorical question, “Could you patent the sun?” is an oversimplification of the complicated questions behind intellectual property. Salk’s contribution was significant, and his selflessness made him seem like even more of a hero, but his decision isn’t widely applicable or practical.

Something is certainly weird, though, when a sketch is patented and one of the most important discoveries of modern medicine isn’t.

comments powered by Disqus

Travel to the F.·.W.·. Middle Chamber

powered by FreeFind

Our MasonStoppers Line
Send us in confidence details of cases where you think
Organized Freemasonry has personally hurt yourself,
family, friends, aquaintances, or community. We would
also appreciate any additional background information,
links, and references on Freemasonry and the Occult.
Help us take a bite out of Freemasonry.

13,361,778 (13/02/07)
FastCounter by bCentral

Date Of Raising
June 24, 6000 A.L.

Save this site. Mirror it, if it goes 404.

X Network Banner ExchangeX Network Banner Exchange