Lee Smolin on Academia

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This is a re-post from my previous website.

I recently came across this fantastic quote from Lee Smolin, author of “The Trouble with Physics”, on the nature of academia. Posting it here as a reminder to self.

“Like so many things important for life the issues you talk about come down to values. There is to put it simply, an ongoing fight between those of us who do science to satisfy our curiosity about nature and increase our knowledge and those who do it for careerist or egotistical reasons. We need you on our side in this fight. If you do not stand up for your values, who do you think will do this work for you?”