Faith versus evidence

Ireland“… Research funding is good, but so are decent primary schools, a decent health service, and many other things. From what we read in the papers, it seems likely that the state is going to cut social welfare payments this winter. Against that background, vested interests seeking state money need to carefully justify their demands for public funding. If the argument people are making in favour of university research funding is economic, then we are entitled to expect rigorous cost-benefit analysis of some sort from them, rather than the faith-based appeals we generally get …” (more)

[Kevin O’Rourke, The Irish Economy, 20 August]

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