Great George Monbiot piece in the Grauniad. Thay tyranny of numbers again.
These men would’ve stopped Darwin. Science research in Britain is now all about turning knowledge into business, rather than the beauty of exploration.
Of course the problem is that neither side of that choice is the right one – knowledge purely for its own sake is as barren as knowledge for someone’s financial interest. The point is knowledge for value to humanity and the cosmos – wisdom – truth AND beauty. (Thanks to Nick Maxwell at FoW.)