posted on Jan, 6 2013 @ 01:00 PM
I believe very strongly in blue skies research, though also i understand this basic principle;
If you want to improve technology by a factor of 2, an engineer can do that for you easily
If you want to improve technology by a factor of10 you need scientists and engineers.
Putting a man on the Mood pushed development of technology and there were many spin off products that make life all the better today. To say its not a
good investment is not seeing the bigger picture. Similarly but not as grandiose was the experiment I did my PhD on, which pushed development of a
novel type of photon detector that otherwise was just a device of curiosity that no company wanted to invest too heavily in. This device now that it
was matured and 'proven' largely by our big batch order of them, can now be used to make medical imaging cheaper and more compact.
I would say we agree on the principle though, our understanding is an open book, and it needs us to slowly fill in each page and turn to the next one.
Many of these things such as you say, looking at a flare and being able to predict what will happen on the Earth could probably be done very roughly
with the technology today, however, by the time you have looked at the data, and performed analysis, it would be an event that occurred a week or two