Friday, November 30, 2007

Monkey in the Middle

I have been thinking about academia and science lately and have realized that research projects cannot be too detached from meaning, or they will not be funded or cared about, but on the other hand they cannot be too functional, too close to turning into a cure or a solution, or they will be seen as crass.

Academic research in science paralyzes you somewhere neatly between irrelevance and practicality—one cannot dare get too close to either one.

1 comment:

  1. there's also a tendency for researchers not to reach a conclusion too easily and too quickly lest they want a firestorm of critics on their doorstep.