Saturday, October 03, 2009


JSH: The argument for 0 funding academia

One of the weirder things I've noted to myself as I've settled into facing YEARS of opposition to my research as, for instance, it is now 7 years since I discovered my prime counting function and nearly 10 years since I invented tautological spaces, is that in the face of a world not rewarding me for ideas that I think are major and important—I'm simply finding more ideas!!!

It seems kind of silly. Why do I persist in solving problems and putting so much out there, when mostly I get insults from Usenet posters?

And as I've pondered the seeming contradiction, I've realized: I like figuring things out, so I am continuing doing so, for free because I am a problem solver. It's what I do. It's who I am. So I do it without pay.

But more importantly, being stressed as I am is pushing me outside of boundaries that I'd probably stay within if I were a noted researcher. Like I tweeted a healthcare plan:

My healthcare plan: Preventive Care—everybody, Core Care—insurables,
Expected Care—not easily insured, Elder Care—quality of life at end

Exactly 140 characters. A perfect tweet!

A entire healthcare plan in a single tweet? NO way I'd do that if I were an established guy. No way.

If I were an established researcher, how could I dare do such a thing? (If you can't figure out the healthcare plan you can go to my pop culture blog to see it explained out in detail.)

While I've done other things that are less out there like work at a compression scheme that can work on top of any other compression technique (if it works), which you can find in Google with the search string: prime number compression

That is, search in Google (it has to be Google) on: prime number compression

(Do the search, and notice what other research I beat out to take #1.)

My own rough estimates indicate it might add 10% additional compression on top of any other by exploiting the simple reality that the product of two prime numbers can have fewer bits than the two prime numbers themselves.

At times on the sci.math newsgroup I'd joke that I don't bother reading other people's math, as I just read my math. But weirdly enough, it's true as I've covered so much of number theory now that I rarely need to go outside of my own research for things that interest me. It is kind of weird as I see myself as a reference. But I do the searches and Google throws my own research back at me, so I guess I AM a reference.

And I've done it all for free.

Why pay academics at all?

My story is a continuing case for NOT paying them, and seeing what benefits the world could accrue by instead stressing them.

As, how much of my latest research would I maybe never have discovered if I'd gained proper appreciation for my discoveries back in 2002?

What might a physicist discover if he had 0 funding? Had to find funds wherever he could for any of his research?

Maybe the old ways WERE better, as scientists needed to get wealthy donors to back them.

So now I'm tossing this idea out there of 0 funding for all of academia. I mean ALL of academia, with the idea that the best people will find a way, as I have.

I plan on being the standard for the world—If I can do it, other people can. As my ideas dominate more and more, I hope to gain influence and possibly begin the world on a grand experiment: zero funding its academics.

I think the surprising result could be an explosion in good research. Possibly a new renaissance with major advances that would not be found without such pressure.

IN a phrase: necessity is the Mother of Invention

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