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For Joe Public, the Hubble pictures are the only part of the project they can enjoy.

Remember the one about how trying to justify NASA's space program on the fact that non-stick frying pans came out of it is hugely unambitious.

It would have been ridiculous to sell the Hubble project to Joe Public because "in addition, you'll get pretty pictures" because you could have answered "we can get pretty pictures for $20k, why fund a multimillion dollar space telescope?". The same thing goes for an ex-post facto justification of why the Hubble was a great thing.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jan 23rd, 2010 at 03:58:32 PM EST
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Precisely! You ignore these perceptions at your peril.

You can't be me, I'm taken
by Sven Triloqvist on Sat Jan 23rd, 2010 at 06:18:08 PM EST
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Care to use your PR-jutsu to buttress rather than undermine research spending? In this thread you have provided and advocated a perception destructive to the advancement of science. Was that intentional?

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jan 23rd, 2010 at 07:26:47 PM EST
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As Migeru said, what perception management was your goal by comparing the beauty and cost of those backyard pictures and HST pretty pictures?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Jan 24th, 2010 at 03:47:18 AM EST
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