Posts tagged Curiosity
Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that’s not why we do it.
Feynman could have been saying that about any of the sciences.
I have a personal obsession to study science in general, and space science in particular. This madness has been with me for as long as I can remember. I already felt it on September 12th, 1962, when, at the age of six, I saw President Kennedy on television, speaking as if directly to me. That was the day he committed America to literally reach for the Moon. I’ve never been the same. Neither has the rest of the world.
Logarchism is a political blog. What has my obsession with space to do with politics? I’ve written about this before. Politics, like science, sometimes gives practical results, but that’s not why we do it. Sure, practicality is the reason we give ourselves. Honestly though, how much of the rhetoric associated with politics, how much of the game playing and the issues that drive people to the polls, has actual practical value? Some, yes, but birth certificates? Seeing Russia? Really?
Many of these things serve other purposes. The real value of space science is not practical, unless learning about yourself, about reality, about how the universe actually works, is practical. (more…)