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Budget cuts begin to sink in, for some in cosmology

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From Peter Woit’s Not Even Wrong :

… The discussion moderated by Dennis Overbye of the New York Times focused to some extent on the budgetary challenges facing US HEP, with Steve Ritz, the chair of the P5 panel, commenting on the tough situation reflected in that panel’s recent report. Many speakers expressed frustration over the US budget level for HEP and what to do about it. Enlist the public? Do a better job of convincing Congress? Get billionaires to help fund HEP? Get billionaires to fund a Super PAC that would buy us a Congress with a better attitude?

Well, just a minute. Those of us who are old enough to remember man-walks-on-moon space programs recall a time when the universe was assumed to be single and comprehensible, with enough sheer determination. We might have been wrong, but there was only one way to find out.

But now, here comes the multiverse. Where anything, everything, and nothing is true.

Science quietly slipped out the back door. Mathematics has been seen anxiously checking her mail …

Prediction: Few or none of these people will recognize the fundamental nature of their predicament: Few taxpayers willingly fund the study of things that are not in principle comprehensible.

See also: But the space program is NOT worth funding if the multiverse rules

See also: The Science Fictions series at your fingertips (cosmology).

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It seems to me that our government shouldn’t economize on science. Scientists are not rich people. Their wages are not big. I know one scientist who had have to take personal loans no credit for living because they have very little wages. These people improve our country and improve the science in our country. Peter007

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