Nowadays scientists/researchers are specialized in very narrow fields and thus are unable to see the BIG picture. Instead of trying to solve the BIG problem/s (which will result in all the millions of little problems – part of the BIG problem -- also being solved) we witness a huge waste of intellectual and financial resources for all the wrong causes: from ‘how to get rid of acnea’ to ‘Follica Touts Cure For Baldness’ to … ‘how to kill the cancer cells.’
And like the killing of cancer cells wouldn’t be a narrow enough field of research, there are countless billions of dollars invested in curing the lung cancer, another Everest of money wasted on colon cancer, then for brain cancer, breast, ovarian, pancreatic, testicle and so on. The narrower the research goes the bigger the waste of brain-power, money and time.
To put this in perspective: For quite some time already the physicists’ dream is to put together the ToE (Theory of Everything; concept that actually goes back to the ancient Greek philosophers). In contrast, what are other scientists doing is dividing and narrowing their research fields ad infinitum. Today they research the ovarian cancer, but next week they’ll split that research in the ovarian cancer for blondes, brunettes, red haired, strippers, overweight grandmas, you name it. And just wait till next month …
It’s so sad that the scientists AND the sponsors of the research programs can’t see the forest for the .. branches (of science). For instance, transcendental-DNA is probably the most promising challenge in the history of science and finding an elegant solution to it will solve a trillion problems (and will raise a quadrillion more?): http://caviar4thought.com/, or, if you can’t stand my rant, go directly to http://transcendental-dna.blogspot.com/
posted by Dan Mimis
November 17, 2013 @ 3:19 PM
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