Comment 37970

By Henrietta (anonymous) | Posted February 11, 2010 at 14:08:13

Early (60's) British rock stars campaigned against later restrictions on the UK "dole", appreciating that it was that subsidization that allowed them time to congregate in garages and work out their music; which proved hugely economically advantageous to the UK.
I like to compare them to the earlier British "priveleged" British middle classes, those with modest unearned incomes, who employed a few servants, and "dabbled". Some of that dabbling became ultimately the foundation of modern science - research into things like aspirin; the study and classification of the flora and fauna of Great Britain. Things which laid the foundations of "genuine" science today. Made possible by a bunch of "amateurs".
I think there is hope for amateurs.

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