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From: Pat Hayes <phayes@xxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 10:53:37 -0600
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At 4:35 PM +0700 1/24/08, paola.dimaio@xxxxxxxxx wrote:    (01)

>The important role of speculative enquiry is accepted to some extent,
>but a lot of effort imho is spent on research (done with public money)
>that is not useful (enough) nor applied , or  only benefits the
>researchers and their private clients.
>Research funded with public money should benefit the public at large    (02)

Bullshit. This is like the standard American right-wing fantasy that 
the government is "spending our money". The purpose of research is to 
investigate new areas of knowledge. The benefits, if any, to this 
mythical entity called "the public at large" may or may not accrue 
downstream, but to demand immediate 'relevance' (to what, exactly?) 
is to cripple research. Experience suggests that it is worth 
investing a substantial fraction of a group's or society's available 
effort into pure research, undertaken for no other reason than to 
find something out. For technology companies, the ideal fraction 
seems to be about 20%, for example (Xerox, Google, HP); for a nation 
Im not sure of the appropriate figure, but right now the USA is way 
below par, and its economy is suffering in large part because of that.    (03)

Pat    (04)

>/RANT    (05)

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