Monday, August 6, 2012

Curiosity has landed safely...

More on public investments in science from me later this week, hopefully - although it may be a busy one.

Bartleby likes human and feline exploration and settlement of Mars:


  1. Actually he only discovered our bedroom existed this morning, so I may be exaggerating a little about his views on Mars.

  2. Congratulations on the new cat. I'm a pretty radical libertarian who wants to dump much of government funding in general, but I'll make an exception for space exploration. I stand firm on my principles, but I want spaceships more!

  3. My recollection is that intellectuals (economists, soociologists, college profs, etc.) generally approved of government R&D spending in the late 1960's and early 1970's, but since then have basically lost interest in R&D of any sort, government-funded or commercial. It's just seen as product improvement anymore; it's the sort of thing one expects a market economy to do and not worthy of particular interest.

    Am I missing something?

    Also, virtually all the "intellectuals" had a low regard for space programs in general and manned space programs in particular during the 1960's. And that this disdain had become just about total by 2012. (Sample points: Mike Mandel and Tyler Cowan, guys who make a living out of moaning about technological stagnation)

    What gives?


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