Upside-DownOrdinary people don’t care very much about science because it’s largely irrelevant to them. They think scientists are smart people who study strange things for obscure reasons. Scientists generally don’t explain their experiments, which is understandable because they are hard to explain, and lay people don’t care anyway. The amazing thing is that lay people don’t seem to care why scientists do what they do, notwithstanding that the public is paying all the bills. Even if you assumed that all public-funded research is worthwhile, questions of priority should necessarily arise because the amount of funding isn’t infinite. But serious questions regarding priority for scientific funding are as rare as Diogenes’ honest man. For example, the government spends billions of dollars to discover the Higgs boson, but nothing to discover the hazards of cell-phone EMFs. Such upside-down priorities are inevitable results of society’s disinterest in the science it funds.

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