Scientists are the real 'rock stars'
Original post made on Dec 13, 2013
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on Dec 13, 2013 at 6:26 pm
So, how were the candidates for these prizes chosen? Did they apply on their own, or did someone in their field submit an application on their behalf?
Also got to wonder about the role of 23andMe in this thing .. given that they just got a real smackdown by the FDA?
> "I think it's terrific. I think it's how you elevate it into
> public recognition it's how you get young people to recognize it,
> by turning it into a celebrity kind of event," Petraeus said.
Really, Gen. Petraeus .. is that the best you've got? Did attaining celebrity status at the CIA help your career .. even a little bit?
Can only wonder what Isaac Newtown would have to say about awarding celebrity status to young people as an inducement to dedicate their lives to science.
Anything to thrown some of that Silicon Valley money around. Oh, well, it's theirs, so why not?
on Dec 13, 2013 at 10:52 pm
Oh, come on, Wondering. Science attracts people for the love of it. This event isn't an inducement to anything, it's just a nice accolade and a generous financial support to recipients. Congratulations to all of them! Thanks to local tech luminaries who made it possible!
(Hey guys, please consider some random acts of investment in your own home town to maintain our quality of life!!)
on Dec 14, 2013 at 11:37 am
A distinction ought to be made between science and technology. Science is great, and we ought to be immersing our society in science to teach everyone how things work and how to think, instead of just brainwashing them with what to buy to be cool. The US is approaching if not arrived at the least informed and educated developed country in the world. Partially we have religion to blame for that. The only kind of strength we get from that is the power of a brainwashable mob, not a thoughtful democratic citizenry.
In our capitalistic society there is a lot of science done, and technologies developed that do not have a really immediate use, but we jump on them anyway, like some of the genetic engineering applications, without thinking of should we do this. We have put so much of our technological power towards what is basically ending up killing nature and our environment, and removing people from nature as well.