Monday, 28 September 2009

Mammoth Trap

'The Research Excellence Framework is starting to ask what sorts of curiosity our culture can afford, and that scares me even more than the demise of the silly survey because it strikes at the heart of what it means to be civilised, to have instincts other than survival. If academic endeavour had always been vetted in advance for practicality, we wouldn't have the aeroplane or the iPhone, just a better mammoth trap.'
More from David Mitchell in the Observer on the Ref here. Thanks to Gill for highlighting this.

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