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The Cost of Clinging to What Increasingly Looks Like Failure

The Cost of Clinging to What Increasingly Looks Like Failure Science and technology in America have been guided by the same set of ideas for more than half a century. The conventional wisdom is that if we feed more money and more scientists into our existing "knowledge enterprise" complex, society will derive proportionately more benefits. In the face of the global economic downturn, political disarray at the national level, and protracted challenges to the nation's public health, environmental quality, industrial base, and energy system, this simplistic assumption is long overdue for a reckoning. Today's challenges demand new ways of thinking about science and technology, and the government's role in advancing them. The problem, any honest inquiry will suggest, isn't always money, or the number of scientists, but the very way we do science. Stephen Trachtenberg - @GWtweets President Emeritus and Professor of Public Service, George Washington University George Poste - @ASU Chief Scientist, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative, Arizona State University Founder and former Director, Biodesign Institute, Arizona State University Andy Revkin - @Revkin Senior Fellow, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies, Pace University "Dot Earth" Writer, The New York Times Moderator Deborah Blum - @deborahblum Author, The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York Winner of 1992 Pulitzer Prize for The Monkey Wars series in the Sacramento Bee http://www.newamerica.net/events/2012/america_s_knowledge_enterprise
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