Sociology of Science

Wilson, E.O., 1998

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93

Scientists have been charged with conquering cancer, genetic disease, and viral infection, all of which are cellular disorders, and they are massively funded to accomplish these tasks. They know roughly the way to reach the goals demanded by the public, and they will not fail. Science, like art, as as always through history, follows patronage.

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Wilson, E.O., 1998

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56

Percy Bridgman, the founder of high-pressure physics — no pun intended —put the guide-line another way: “The scientific method is doing your  damnedest,  no holds barred”.

Original discovery is everything. Scientists as a rule do not discover in order to know but rather, as the philosopher Alfred North Whitehead observed, they know in order to discover. They learn what they need to know, often remaining poorly informed about the rest of the world, including most of science for that matter, in order to move speedily to some part of the frontier of science where discoveries are most likely to occur….

Wilson, E.O., 1998

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39

There was another, humbler reason for the lack of interest in the big picture: Scientists simply didn't have the requisite intellectual energy. the vast majority of scientists have never been more than journeyman prospectors. That is even more the case today. They are professionally focused; their education does not orient them to the wide contours of the world. They acquire the training they need to travel to the frontier and make discoveries of their own, and as fast as possible, because life at the growing edge is expensive and chancy.

Ray, 2009

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at the 58:09 minute mark

Barbalet: I was looking through your list of funders on your website and as part of your cirriculum vitae and there's an amazing list of potential funders for future artifical life research from there. For someone who would be looking folks like Brig Klyce and the Greatful Dead as well as Sun Microsystems and Digital Equipment Corporation, IBM...I mean, in terms of your funders and how you've talked about artificial life in ways that would appeal to them, can you give an overview of how to create artificial life which is immediately fundable?

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