UK Scientists Request Out-of-the-Box Thinking
|April 3, 2014||Posted by Staff under Editorials|
A 2014 excerpt of The Guardian, Mar 18.
“Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts,” said Richard Feynman in the 1960s.
The 500 major discoveries, almost all initiated before about 1970, challenged mainstream science and would probably be vetoed today.
Agencies claiming to support blue-skies research use peer review, of course, discouraging open-ended inquiries and serious challenges to prevailing orthodoxies.
Mavericks once played an essential role in research. Indeed, their work defined the 20th century.
We must relearn how to support them, and provide new options for an unforeseeable future, both social and economic. We need influential allies. Perhaps Guardian readers could help?
Donald W Braben University College London
John F Allen Queen Mary, University of London
William Amos University of Cambridge
Richard Ball University of Edinburgh
Tim Birkhead FRS University of Sheffield
Peter Cameron Queen Mary, University of London
Richard Cogdell FRS University of Glasgow
David Colquhoun FRS University College London
Rod Dowler Industry Forum, London
Irene Engle United States Naval Academy, Annapolis
Felipe Fernández-Armesto University of Notre Dame
Desmond Fitzgerald Materia Medica
Pat Heslop-Harrison University of Leicester
Dudley Herschbach Harvard University, Nobel Laureate
H Jeff Kimble Caltech, US National Academy of Sciences
Sir Harry Kroto FRS Florida State University, Tallahassee, Nobel Laureate
James Ladyman University of Bristol
Nick Lane University College London
Peter Lawrence FRS University of Cambridge
Angus MacIntyre FRS Queen Mary, University of London
John Mattick Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney
Beatrice Pelloni University of Reading
Martyn Poliakoff FRS University of Nottingham
Douglas Randall University of Missouri
David Ray Bio Astral Limited
Sir Richard J Roberts FRS New England Biolabs, Nobel Laureate
Ken Seddon Queen’s University of Belfast
Colin Self University of Newcastle
Harry Swinney University of Texas, US National Academy of Sciences
Claudio Vita-Finzi FBA Natural History Museum
Ed. Notes: It’s funny that even forward-looking thinkers want to go backward to their good old days. Not knowing any other existence than living off the taxpayer, I suppose they can not envision one. But would their income depend on coercion in a just economy? Just like younger people crowd-source to fund a movie, couldn’t those academics cloistered in the ivory tower do the same thing? And in a geonomy — minus taxes and with a Citizen’s Dividend — how much would the researchers need?