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    Scientists typically could make more money and have an easier time doing it. By going into a field more like engineering, or product development, or banking (like quantum mathematics PhDs applying probability models to financial markets). Or the law or any other field that requires a disciplined mind that analyzes the relationships between "what really happened" and "laws" that govern them, whether natural or human. But they don't.

    Instead they go into a field that is mostly about finding out how things really work. Independent of money (except perhaps funding for science), or status (except perhaps among scientists). Because most scientists are driven by a need to know something, coupled with an ability to find out. It's not a game to get a paycheck or pose as something for social manipulation, except in service of finding something out.

    Of course there are exceptions, but they're far from the rule.

    That's why scientists will work for less than minimum wage, either studying something or reporting it (or the combination). They really can't be stopped from doing real science, as real as they know how. It's something of a compulsion, like any real artist is compelled to make art.

    Compare that to the kind of people who fill the ranks of religious jobs, or government jobs, or corporate executive jobs, or anything else people think of as requiring integrity to be respectable. Scientists win on integrity.

    Whenever I see people fighting scientists with anything but actual science, I see corrupt people fighting those with integrity.

    The truth is powerful, even if it's not always lucrative.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Sun Jul 11, 2010 at 11:35:01 AM PDT

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