It’s important to remember that PHD typically means Piled Higher and Deeper and that you get your degree by getting the approval of a committee. The fact is that most discovery is an individual effort, mostly as a result of obsession beyond all reason until the discovery creates it’s own reason. In many ways modern science chains down the possibility for true discovery. Still discovery doesn’t play by rules and never stops.
The Slowing of Scientific Discovery
The “Science Establishment” is spitting out PhDs, journal articles, and scientific data at record levels. But something happened along the way to our sci-tech utopia. Has scientific progress actually slowed in recent decades, despite a record number of “scientists”, “science journals,” and “scientific data output?”
Almost every week we read about ‘new hopes’ for cancer sufferers, developments in the lab that might lead to new cures, talk of a new era of space tourism and super-jets that can fly round the world in a few hours. Yet a moment’s thought tells us that this vision of unparalleled innovation can’t be right, that many of these breathless reports of progress are in fact mere hype, speculation – even fantasy.
Yet there once was an age when speculation matched reality. It spluttered to a halt more than 40 years ago. Most of what has happened since has…
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