Science & State Funds
Fri, 6 Jun 1997 22:06:40 -0500 (EST)

Does anyone have any figures describing where the money used to finance
all scientific research published in a year, in the US and other countries?
What percentage of that money comes from private vs. gov't funds? What
happens if all of that gov't money goes away? Can strictly private science
funding under anarcho-capitalism produce the swift scientific and technical
advances so many of us here would like to see?

Even if corporate money for research was not an issue (with saved tax
expenses, it may not), as long as there is a pattent office, the sharing of
scientific data will be slower that it is now (how much slower...?). How
can science advance without the (mostly?) free exchange of information
that we now enjoy?

Michael Bowling