posted on Jun, 13 2008 @ 11:04 AM
reply to post by reluctantpawn
"First any tax that is charged to a corporation will be passed on to the consumers.
Second to say that academia is self policing is ludicrous.
Third the people doing research into alternative energy are being bought off or eliminated.
Fourth there is just as much a chance that someone tinkering in their garage will lead us to a solution to the energy crisis as there is for it to be
found in academia. "
Your first point- you may be right but this IS NOT about immediate gradification here! We have to THINK AHEAD! Yeah the cost may rise but guess what
it already is rising! We need to have A LONG REACHING GOAL THAT WILL SUSTAIN US FOR THE NEXT 100 TO 200 HUNDRED YEARS!
Your second point- I will admit there are A LOT of problems with acedemia, however for the most part I can personally attest most are very honest, in
part because other researchers can and will check up! The fact that some people do make stuff up and get caught is proof the system works! Eventually
someone is going to try to repeat your experiment and build on it and if the data does not match you will get caught! What does that mean, well
usually not a lot but most of the time these investigators will lose funding! I am currentally doing experiments based off someone's else's work and
we got the plasmids from the investigator! They HAVE TO give it if you ask for it, again it is PART OF THE GRANT! Look it up, if you think this is not
true! Part of the positive aspect of acedemia is you have a bunch of intelligent people who are free thinkers and motivated by more than finicial
profit! Seriously if it was money you wanted don't bother getting a PhD, MD or DVM, just go into business- it would take less time and you would not
have the same student loan debt!
Your third and fourth points- Yup, I agree! That is why we HAVE TO CHANGE THE CURRENT SYSTEM! Do you know why vaccines are still being researched?
Because of funding! Otherwise this "cheap" solution would NEVER be considered viable by a company because it takes years of research and the cost of
vaccines is too low! Many people (no not all) do research for the LOVE OF THE GAME! While it is true someone could discover the next great alternative
engery source in thier garage it is VERY unlikely! Winning the lottery is a very real possiblity not statically very sound and I would not bank on it
my self which is why I don't play, but for some people it seems like the only way they are ever going to make it finically! I do not want our country
to be the poor down on his luck guy trying to win the "engery" lottery! That same guy working in his garage could do a LOT more with a small amount
of funding and some appropriate work space!