Posted by: thebylog | April 28, 2006

I wonder, is knowledge intrinsically valuable?

Put another way, if theory is developed which has no practical use (and for the sake of discussion, say it is known that it will never have a practical use), is it worth pursuing?

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  1. I doubt it, but I am sure that the Democrats would push through funding to explore said theory. Then someone could receive enormous grants to study a pointless theory and write a paper describing its lack of impact on our lives.

  2. Just because something has no practical purpose doesn’t negate the value in pursuing it… maybe.
    Astronomy for example. Is there great practical purpose in photographing a supernova? Not that I can think of… But it points are minds to God in a powerful way. The same could be said for mathematical and scientific theory.


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