Funding Discovery: Two Dirty Words?

  • Once upon a time, very rich people in America and aristocrats in Europe funded institutions of research and learning for the sheer joy, pleasure, and worthwhile nature of understanding the physical world. I’m not sure whatever happened to that practice, but if those folks are no longer willing or able to do that, then government should. The research and discovery of new knowledge are common goods, and as such belong to everybody.

    Private investments in research can and should be more practical (applied science) and focus on translating known facts about the physical world into new products and processes that can be patented and owned.

  • Once upon a time, very rich people in America and aristocrats in Europe funded institutions of research and learning for the sheer joy, pleasure, and worthwhile nature of understanding the physical world. I’m not sure whatever happened to that practice, but if those folks are no longer willing or able to do that, then government should. The research and discovery of new knowledge are common goods, and as such belong to everybody.

    Private investments in research can and should be more practical (applied science) and focus on translating known facts about the physical world into new products and processes that can be patented and owned.

  • Anonymous

    It’s like the effective Title you used and opening paragraphs were so effective that otherwise intelligent professionals been totally blinded to your actual POINT.