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Canada The Money Merry-Go-Round

Tejwant Singh

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The Money Merry-Go-Round

Think about the most recent discussion you had about money. How closely did it match the next most recent money conversation? Without realizing it, we engage in conversation after conversation about money that ends up talking around it. Money may have the ability to make our lives more comfortable, but we’re very uncomfortable talking about it directly. This discomfort often leads to heated, emotional discussions that talk about a lot of things, but probably only mention money in passing (e.g., we can’t afford it). http://www.behaviorgap.com/sketch/th...erry-go-round/

The above is the snippet of the article which shows our behavior about money. If we think about money like this, can you just imagine how the governments managed by people think about it?

This article about the change in directions in the R&D managed by the Canadian government would give you the glimpse how even countries like Canada are thinking big in how to make money by investing as little as possible into R&D. Enjoy it and do not forget to share your feelings.

The Rise of The Science Philistines: Canada’s Chief Science Regulator Announces That “Scientific Discovery Is Not Valuable Unless It Has Commercial Value.”
Published 1, July 9, 2013

The appointment of National Research Council president John MacDougall in Canada — effectively the country’s top scientist — is being received by scientists the way James Watt was received by environmentalists in the Reagan Administration as head of the national park system. Like Watt, MacDougall seems antagonistic to the field that is supposed to be fostering with federal funds. Recently, MacDougall announced that “Scientific discovery is not valuable unless it has commercial value.” It turns out that all of that stuff by Galileo was just academic crap.

Gary Goodyear, minister of state for science and technology, announced that the NRC will shift its focus away from basic research to “large-scale research projects that are directed by and for Canadian business.” That will mean little or no funding for basic research under the $900 million annual budget. It is part of the conservative governments shift toward industry despite protests from leading scientists that the approach is simplistic and shortsighted. Those commercial applications are built on a foundation of basic research.

McDougall’s bio says that he began his career as a petroleum engineer and ultimately became the owner of an international engineering consulting firm.

The shift in funding and policy is a major blow for universities in Canada and will hurt both the scientific and educational communities in Canada. It is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of science — a type of science philistines, people who are “guided by materialism and . . . disdainful of intellectual or artistic values.”


elrondsilvermaul
1, July 9, 2013 at 7:34 am
Should I take comfort in the fact that stupid GREED is not just an American trait?

voltaic
1, July 9, 2013 at 7:36 am
We don’t need no stinking science! Ignorance government is the new rage. I’m sure he has many friends and like-minded enthusiasts in the US GOP House.

Bruce E. Woych
1, July 9, 2013 at 7:47 am
So I guess “Climate Change” and Environmental sustainability is Out.

mespo727272
1, July 9, 2013 at 7:48 am
The rise of the capitalist nerds with the mantra: “Nothing is of value unless it makes me money.” Guess they never read Timothy:

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”

itchinBayDog
1, July 9, 2013 at 7:54 am
What do you expect from a Scot named MacDougal? We have a dog here at the dogpac who is too busy to get in on the Dogologue Machine and chime in on discussions of world importance. His name is: MacDougal and he is part Poodle and part Douglas Sheltie. He is all business. In fact he gets the whole dogpac in trouble because he does “his business” on the First Hole of the golf course in plain view– not at night like the rest of us.


http://jonathanturley.org/2013/07/09/the-rise-of-the-science-philistines-canadas-chief-science-regulator-announces-that-scientific-discovery-is-not-valuable-unless-it-has-commercial-value/#more-66876
 
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