The CRA Policy blog points to an outstanding video highlighting the importance of funding science and technology at the federal level released in conjunction with the Army Science conference this week in Orlando, FL. Early on in the video we hear from some old guys who were funded by our government at various times in their careers, telling us that everyone thought they were crazy. Later we learn that they received Nobel prizes for work on such fundamental technologies as LASERs. Brilliant.
Honestly, this video is so good that it’s hard to believe it was created, or even commissioned, by the government. The bottom line is that because we humans have very short memories and fundamental discoveries take a long time, science does not stand on its own. It needs advocacy, and advocates. This kind of video is science’s ideal advocate.
Watch it, and share the link.