Why Do People Invest Large Amounts of Time and Money?

Posted on February 6, 2011  Comments (2)

According to Neil deGrasse Tyson the reasons people/societies take on huge expenditures (Great Wall of China, Manhattan project, Apollo space missions, Spanish ocean exploration, TVA, Egyptian pyramids, Cathedrals):

  1. defense/war
  2. economic return
  3. veneration to power

“The urge to discover is not there, I wish it were it is just not.” Many countries have figured out the economic benefits of large investments of science and engineering: China, Singapore, Korea… Europe and the USA are limiting such investments while continuing less useful spending. I think the results will be very obvious 20 years from now. It isn’t that the USA and Europe are not making such investments, they are, but at a much lower rate than probably is wise economically.

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2 Responses to “Why Do People Invest Large Amounts of Time and Money?”

  1. Russell Davison
    February 11th, 2011 @ 7:40 am

    Interesting. It would be good to do a timline of Arkwright’s Spinning Jenny, Stephenson’s Rocket, Baird’s TV, Bell’s telephone, etc. and see if there is a correlation with time and money expenditure on other activities like warfare, infrastucture development, etc.

  2. Science is at its best when curious people are just trying to find things out » Curious Cat Science Blog
    August 5th, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    Brian Cox has a new television show, Wonders Of The Universe (a co-production of the BBC, the Discovery Channel, and the Science Channel), that looks like it will be wonderful…

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