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June 18, 2012
More "More Scientists" Debate
My recent post here on whether the US needs a big influx of scientists and engineers has attracted some attention. Discover magazine asked to reprint it on their site, and then Slate asked if I would write a response for them expanding my thoughts on the subject, which is now up here.
It feels odd for me, as a scientist, to be taking this side of the issue. I even think that not enough people know enough science and mathematics, and would like for these subjects to be taught better than they are in schools. But there's something about the attitude that "America needs more scientists, even mediocre ones" that really doesn't sit right with me. Science, and scientists, aren't like coal. We can't be stored for later use, nor hauled around to do whatever job it is that Generic Scientists are needed to do. It's messier than that, as a look at some of the science and technology industries (like the one I work in) might illustrate.
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