Science:Funding and Morals (and the Spirit)
tivol at news.wadsworth.org
Thu Jan 25 18:24:53 EST 1996
C_REYES at RUMAC.UPR.CLU.EDU wrote:
: There is a more basic element to this discussion. Yes, I know it is a bad
: word among some scientists... MMMM, I will say it. It is the HUMAN SPIRIT.
: It has to do with the perceptions of the individual. What he feels and
: thinks life is all about (Purposly mentioned feeling, since is part of
: the human spirit).
I agree that any society acting in its long-term interest must take
values of the human spirit into account.
: [snip] Every time I visit the US ( I live in Puerto Rico) I am amazed
: at the concern for money in many circles, specially Universities.
What one does and/or publishes seems to be of less importance these
days than how much grant money one's research brings in.
: Tivol Continues:
: "These are very complex problems, but you're right. The problems
: have to be dealt with in their full complexity in order to find the solu-
: tion. The best way to do this is incrementally (and, at least, pseudo-
: I agree but IMHO not until we face more basic problems are we going to
: get anywhere.
As many of us have already posted, the problems in funding of science
are interdependent with those of our society as a whole and cannot be solved
without consideration of overall social values.
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