posted on Aug, 16 2016 @ 10:09 AM
I have known for quite some time that this was an issue, but lately I have come to realize it's a pretty big issue. In order to get a job, one has to
develop a reputation. The easiest way to do this is to publish a paper. The easiest way to publish a paper is to work with people who get papers
published regularly. To work with them, you have to generally agree with them.
It can take decades, literally, to get research grants if you do not already have research grants. Most foundations look at publications to determine
who gets the grants. So if you want to do research, it is almost imperative that you research what other scientists are researching and get results
they like. Otherwise, you're running quantum equations in your head while flipping hamburgers for Wendy's.
As political funding has wormed its way into funding, the necessity of agreement has shifted. Now you need to agree with other scientists and the
political ideology of the day. Some older scientists using private grant money, already established, are still trying to do good research, but they
are retiring daily, and younger scientists are unable financially to take their place. Overall, we are seeing a slow shift toward populist-driven and
politically-driven science. I fear for the industry should this trend not be reversed.
Perhaps it is a part of the human experience to observe these cycles... we have just come out of one of the greatest technological periods in history.
Perhaps now it is time for us as a society to re-enter a new 'Dark Ages' for a time. I really hope not. Hiding in the shadows unable to speak the
truth doesn't appeal to me any more than I believe it appealed to Galileo Galilee or Leonardo DaVinci.
Perhaps I should just be thankful we're not there again... yet...