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Re: FW: New Fossil Protection Regulations in China
> The world IS a tough place. We have to be TOUGHER!! We have to be
strongly motivated to do things we at 1st may not enjoy. If we are
successful, the rewards will only encourage us to change strategies
and beat the world at it's own game. There is no free lunch. It's not
good enough to preach darwinism. One has to practise it as well.
We're not here as observers David.
You have misunderstood science itself. The theory of evolution is not an
"ought", it's an "is". To say "one has to practise" "darwinism" is wrong
at so many levels...
One of them is the fact that the theory of evolution _is not a
metaphor_. Your Darwinian fitness is measured by how many fertile
children you have, _not_ by how much money you have raised.
What we should do, in my opinion, is to work on the political will to
fund science in general. The money is there, in spades; it's just being
spent on other stuff (I'd rather not start a discussion on what
exactly). That's what we should change, as voters, as lobbyists, as
politicians. In other words, we should change the unfortunate fact that
the world is a tough place.
The short-sighted approach you suggest will moderately benefit a tiny
number of good fundraisers, will leave lots of people with all their
great ideas in the dust, and will do very, very little to advance
science in the long run.