Question of the Week: Unnecessary Science Funding

Question of the Week: Unnecessary Science Funding

Every week we ask a question of our audience to stimulate discussion and critical thinking about an issue or topic relating to science, skepticism, technology or religion. Our favourite comments are discussed on our podcast, The Pseudoscientists!

Science can be expensive. As someone who spends a lot of time in a molecular biology laboratory, I can attest to how much money it costs to have good speciality equipment, reagents, tools and labs themselves. In an ideal world, there would be enough funding for every single scientific project… but we don’t live in an ideal world and concessions have to happen. Imagine you were in charge of the New World Order/​Illuminati/​Shadowy Cabal and had the power to allocate our world’s limited funds to the scientific disciplines of your choice: what would you leave out?

Which branch of scientific research should get the least amount of funding?

You might have a personal grudge against a discipline, or perhaps you think it’s not an area worth pursuing. Either way, a tough decision must be made…

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