March 25, 2010
Amanuntele exacte ale inovatiei lui sunt peste puterea de intelegere a multora, inclusiv a mea.
Lasand la o parte aspectele tehnice, in discursul de la banchetul Nobel acest cercetator care traieste acum in Manchester da mai multe mesaje foarte puternice. Va sugerez sa vizualitati linkul de la momentul 00:01:00 inainte. Am facut un copy/paste la ceea ce mi se pare exceptional.
"A lot of praise has already been given to our work and the exciting
new material graphene. We will certainly hear even more tribute as
graphene’s impact on our lives becomes more obvious. So, let me refrain
from further praise because today is also an occasion to celebrate
The last decades were relatively peaceful and quiet for the planet.
But with no obvious danger from outside, we are facing another danger,
from inside. Instant information about everything and everyone often
allows an individual opinion to compete with consensus and paranoia with
evidence. It is a time when one blunt honest statement can finish a
life-long political career, and one opinionated journalist can bully a
government or a royal family. Science is not immune from such pressures.
For example, how many Nobel prize-winning experiments – you think –
would have been stopped, if ethics or health-and-safety regulations at
that time were as zealous as they are today? I can think of more than a
Human progress has always been driven by a sense of adventure and
unconventional thinking. But amidst calls for "bread and circuses",
these virtues are often forgotten for the sake of cautiousness and
political correctness that now rule the world. And we sink deeper and
deeper from democracy into a state of mediocrity and even idiocracy...".
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