“The elephant in the room, Pigliucci says, is that scientific and technological advances have allowed us to group into vast nations, and the biggest winner from that seems to have been the military complexes designed to keep one scientifically armed nation from massacring another. The money we spend on military science and its applications far outweighs all other “public interest” science spending, he points out. “Maybe, before questioning the relatively small amounts we spend on basic science, we should ask ourselves what on earth are we doing with such an over sized military?”” (Brooks, 2017, p.36).
Brooks, M. (2017) Should We … Stop Doing Science? New Scientist. 08 July 2017, pp.36-39.