Recerca silenciosa

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No sé com traduir bé el mot “stealth” de l’article sobre Stealth Research que porta el THES The stealth route to the blue skies. Jo li’n diria “silenciosa” o “callada”. Es tracta del que fem alguns investigadors de finançar-nos per projectes una mica aplicats, però destinar part del finançament a fer allò per la qual cosa difícilment seríem finançats.

Ja ho dic moltes vegades: una cosa són les mongetes, i una altra cosa la diversió. O el negoci i l’oci, en el sentit més originari romà.

Professor Shapin, who was speaking at an event in London last week, also said that despite the fixation with the utilitarian benefit of their work, researchers should be pushing for an unfettered “space to play” while accepting that less money would be up for grabs.

Adding his voice to the growing clamour for the protection of curiosity-driven research, he said that instead of paying lip service to economic impact in their attempts to win funding, scholars should make the case for scientific inquiry for its own sake. However, he warned that this would mean them accepting a lower level of financial support.

“The democratic instinct is to justify the support (for scientific) inquiry in terms of the gratification of the body politic – that which we can envisage, know the value of and appreciate,” he said. “But what we would be comfortable defending is a space of inquiry that is as decoupled as we can envisage from institutional demands.”

Certament, ha d’haver-hi un lloc per a la recerca basada en la curiositat. Potser, però, no tota pot ser d’aquest tipus.