You do understand that we're arguing around an old question. And I'm poking at your limited, wholly materialistic weltanschauung.
The sun has set on the days of:
- dispassionately considering all sides of an issue
- seeking to honor good intentions and results where found
- being honest about shortcomings in one's own thinking
- trying to build up the person on the other end of the conversation, rather than destroy them
I myself have a handful of people on here and Twitter that I just no longer give the benefit of the doubt, after enough false accusations of racism, plagiarism (the latest farce), and seeking POTUS-cide. I mostly succeed in finding amusement in this.
You're as daft as damn_registrars.
"Old man, take a look at my life..."
It's not that research labs would hire coders to look for cures for cancer (they wouldn't), the problem is that people go into IT or programming professions, rather than getting degrees in biochemistry (or whatever is best for doing cancer research). And the reason people do this is obvious as you pointed out: the unemployment rate is very high, and that's for PhDs, who are precisely the people you want doing important research like that. It simply doesn't pay to spend years of your life in school getting multiple degrees, (and doing doctoral research that your professor takes all the credit for) and then find that you can't get any kind of job when you're done, and certainly not one that'll pay for all those hefty student loans you've racked up over the last 8 years. Meanwhile, all your friends who went into CS and got out after 4-5 years are getting paid 6 figures and have little trouble finding jobs.