[ExI] Private and government R&D [was Health care in the USA]

Mirco Romanato painlord2k at libero.it
Sun Jun 28 22:37:19 UTC 2009

Max More ha scritto:
> spike wrote:
>> The private money guys went straight for the bigger prize, adult
>> stem cell therapies.  These are starting to pay now.  We still
>> haven't any real promise from embryonic stem cells; they are too
>> dangerous.  They want to become a baby, or failing that a huge
>> tumor.
> Frank Tipler once recommended to me a book on why government support
> of basic R&D was overall a bad idea, but I can't remember what it
> was. Will have to ask him. However, Ron Bailey reviewed another book
> on the topic. An excerpt:

> Kealey shows in nearly every case the crucial inventions of the past
> two and half centuries were called forth by markets, not invented by 
> scientists working from ivory towers. These include the steam engine,
>  cotton gin, textile mills, railroad engines, the revolver, the
> electric motor, telegraph, telephone, incandescent light bulb, radio,
> the airplane­the list is nearly endless.

Could be this book, from the notes of "Science, Technology, and
Government" By Murray N. Rothbard?

John Jewkes, David Sawers, and Ricahrd Stillerman, The Sources of
Invention (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1958)



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