What no one else has thought

Macdonald Group

Szent-GyorgyiAlbert Szent-Gyorgyi won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1937.  He was credited with discovering the chemical ascorbic acid also known as vitamin C.   Since the late 1700’s, it was known that fresh fruits and vegetables could ward off scurvy, but no one really knew why.  Albert Szent-Gyorgyi figured it out.  He had a knack for seeing things others saw, but drawing new conclusions.

One of his more memorable quotes was, “Discovery is seeing what everyone else has seen, and thinking what no one else has thought.”

When was the last time you did that?

I admit that I spend most of my days with my eyes open, but seeing only dimly.  The expression for this is “house-blind.”  It is when we become so accustomed to seeing things as they are … we no longer even see them.  Just think of the screwdriver that has been sitting on your kitchen…

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