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Comment: Re:Where the pessimism comes from. (Score 2) 191

by Nevynxxx (#47915993) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

Imagine a reader in 1940 reading a science fiction story which accurately predicted 2014. The idea that there would be women working who aren't just trolling for husbands would strike him as bizarre and not very credible.

1920 maybe. By 1940 women were doing factory work building planes for the war effort. Hell Google WAFFs. Have a look at the video of Queen Elisabeth changing a land rover tire....

An openly transgendered character who wasn't immediately arrested or put into a mental hospital would be beyond belief.

Google "Molly House" Transgender was around in Victorian times.

I'm not saying you are wrong per-say. But almost all of the things you quote, if you went back a bit further would be considered normal. A bit further again and are considered wrong.

Comment: Re:There people are really, really stupid (Score 2) 309

by Nevynxxx (#41617599) Attached to: US Looks For Input On "The Next Big Things"

No. The funding came *after* the inital breakthrough which was pure basic science.

People looked at what Bhor had shown, and what Enstein had shown and said, if we put money into this we can make power, or bombs.

Without the pure basic research that came before it, we'd have nothing.

Receiving a million dollars tax free will make you feel better than being flat broke and having a stomach ache. -- Dolph Sharp, "I'm O.K., You're Not So Hot"