posted on Apr, 20 2010 @ 08:10 PM
Excellent post, WTT.
Go back to Edison, for example, and he was using the brain power of enormous teams of researchers, yet still taking credit for all of the positive
outcomes of their efforts. Even a century ago, many of the top inventions were team efforts, with solitary media hounds as the leaders.
Research today is far too complex for the garage mechanic to invent the next microwave beam breakthrough.
This is one of the things many people don't understand about why we spend money on the space program, medical research, military programs, basic
scientific principle studies, and so forth. It is the side effects of these programs that bring us our advances in technology.
Microwaves were based on radars. Velcro, Air-Jordan's, and long-shelf life foods came from the space program. The list would go on and on.
If we don't have a "project" to build towards, we Americans don't tend to spend money on R&D. It's a cinch the Russians, Germans, Japanese, and
Chinese are doing their fair share of R&D.
In 1992, there was a large corporate study that showed that for every dollar the Government spent on the Apollo program, we had gained back seven
dollars in technology. When else did the Government otherwise get back a profit on its spending?