Once again, ignorant people are whining about science. Michelle Malkin’s outrage that the NSF funded research into snail sex is now the subject of a poll in Iowa newspapers.
Yes. Federal research dollars are becoming more scarce and should be used for more valuable work. 25%
No. I agree with the researchers who say, even though research involves snails, this study has broad implications for humans. 70%
I don’t know. 4%
I detest all of the answers. A) Who are the readers to judge whether this work is valuable or not? Do they have the biology background to understand the significance of the question, have they read the proposal? B) Why is it being framed in terms of “implications for humans”? It’s human self-centeredness that insists everything has to revolve around us…maybe it’s just a really cool question.
But I don’t think $877,000 is at all an unreasonable sum.