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The "privatization" of science is already leading to the "destruction" of science.

The vast amounts of money made in various technological implementations of science: computers, bio-pharmaceuticals, etc., has given rise to a predatory capitalist group-think among scientists and technologists.  Partially due to the normal course of human competition - see the foo-foo over Who Invented The Calculus - and partially due to the current course of Science -> Technology -> Product -> "Money makes the world go around."  

I've been a part of, and observer of, this in computers.  Back in the 70s people would freely talk about their work and even explain ... in excruciating detail ;-) ... how it was done and why it was done.  Now I'm so NDA'ed I can't talk about anything remotely related to my work, as Mig can attest.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Nov 21st, 2009 at 03:39:43 PM EST
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