Thursday, December 17, 2009

Terence Kealey - 'The Myth of Science as a Public Good'

Here's a fabulous video about government funding of science:

Terence Kealey - 'The Myth of Science as a Public Good' from oxford libertarian on Vimeo.

Here's the quote on the main website supporting the above video:
Vice Chancellor of the University of Buckingham (Britain's only independent university), Terence Kealey is a vocal critic of government funding of science. His first book, 'The Economic Laws of Scientific Research,' argues that state funding of science is neither necessary nor beneficial, a thesis that he developed in his recently published analysis of the causes scientific progress, 'Sex, Science and Profits.' In it, he makes the stronger claim that not only is government funding not beneficial, but in fact measurably obstructs scientific progress, whilst presenting an alternative, methodologically-individualist understanding of 'invisible colleges' within which science resembles a private, not a public, good.
Once again, thanks to Paul


Anonymous said...


Thanks for posting the video - just in case you were interested, we (i.e. Oxford Libertarian Society) also have a blog at, with quite a few more videos of speakers.

Jack Maturin said...

Please keep up the fabulous work you are doing up there in Oxford and have a great Christmas! ;-)