Thursday, February 20, 2014

Why we do things... John Kay

Not everything we do, not even most of it, is done for profit, or with other practical aims in mind. John Kay:

In 1969 Robert Wilson, director of the National Accelerator Laboratory, was testifying before the US Congress. He sought funding for a particle accelerator (forerunner of the Large Hadron Collider at Cern where the Higgs boson was discovered in 2012). Asked by Senator John Pastore how his project would help defeat the Russians, he responded: “It only has to do with the respect with which we regard one another . . . are we good painters, good sculptors, great poets . . . new knowledge has nothing to do directly with defending our country except to help make it worth defending.”

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    1. Not really. Some, of course. But why do you what you do, I bet it's because you think it is interesting, has value, etc, aside from the money. We do need that, but for many people it is not the primary motivator... I think

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