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Fairy dust sprinkled from ivory towers

Thu, 19 Jun 2014 10:05:39 GMT

On the basis that the "impact agenda" is important I thought it worth while responding to Paul Krugman, who seems to think I'm a bit of an idiot ("what I assumed was obvious apparently isn’t to everyone").  That might well be true but let me try and justify my statement that Krugman seems to believe that by sprinkling the fairy dust of incentives over society the emission busting new technologies will emerge.The "fairy dust" analogy actually comes from the Disney film The Pirate Fairy (released as Tinkerbell and the Pirates in the UK) which I saw as I am blessed with a 3 year old daughter.  After seeing it I tweeted Tinkerbell and the pirates: how science can lead to irresponsible innovation if scientists are alienated from society— Tim Johnson (@TCJUK) May 5, 2014The plot is an inquisitive fairy, Zarina, causes havoc when an experiment goes wrong and leaves the fairy kingdom and her friends.  She returns and steals the fairy dust having fallen in with a bunch...

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