segmentation fault wrote:is it considered irrational to hope that obama brings us to a point where i will never have a hard time looking for a job in the field of technology ever again?
and yes, it helps me sleep at night.
Unless you suck as a scientist
hunsak wrote:Yay Science.
Is this what our government should be spending its money on?
I'm not so worried about what's best use of our taxes, but more about where the government needs to step in and help, and where it is inappropriate to do so. We wouldn't want the federal government stepping in and funding certain things--churches for example.
Progression in science is a huge priority for any socities real progression. New techonolgies give us more power and flexibility.
It just seems unfortunate that we have to fund it in a way thats done by the federal government. Is it really necessary to force money out of the hands of every citizen to support science? There arn't enough of us willing to support it on our own?
What say ye? Is it the Feds responsiblity to fund science?
Pharmaceutical (i did not spell that by myself: firefox helped me) companies will develop beneficial drugs, funding the research with their own financial resources, and then charge inordinate amounts of money for the drugs. Which is fine, because the government steps in and subsidizes the medicine so its affordable. Which is where America is retarded, because that would be 'socialism', which is bad, as we all know. But in Australia my best friend with type-1 diabetes (that's the type that you got as a child) can afford a ridiculously expensive, more effective new insulin that came out because Australia recognizes that compulsory medicine should be widely available.
Government funded research is self-interested, but it can cover the ground that capitalism will neglect. Remember, there are such things as 'market economy failures' which includes, but is not limited to, the fact that a child pornography industry might be massively profitable. By its own nature, capitalism wouldn't have come to awesome scientific developments we enjoy now like the interbutts and GPS. Government and corporations both have a role and the point is that capitalism results in progression incidentally, but government funding can result in real scientific progress with a different agenda and a different outcome. And it'll benefit society in the long run, and is therefore a good investment (and consider the brain drain effect of the world's best particle accelerator being in Europe, meaning America's best physicists will want to employ their talents outside the country because the US government didn't want to foot the power bill).