ellen at spam.free.at.last wrote:
> I find your thoughts very interesting -- and very flattering to the
> US. ;)
>> One other factor that may be relevant is the notion of 'classified
> research' and its history in the US. Given our history of atom bombs
> and napalm and other little contributions like that to world
> civilization, most of our universities and some of our research
> institutions that rely on public funding are very sensitive to what
> exactly they're researching and have rules about what sorts of
> can be carried out and do not permit classified research. Which means
> that the proposals and the final reports must be publicly available.
> Viewed in this light, it's no so much that the goal is to share the
> fruits of research as to prevent the kind of research whose fruits
> cannot be shared.
Judging by the effort others have spent on acquiring it, it is still by
fare our most interesting field of endeavor. It is also the research
that bought the 'we want research weapons lads' the freedom to research
anything at all. A fact which stinks but had best be dealt with.