Some things change and others stay the same; Everything new is old?
When I was in college, there were ads in the campus newspaper, every edition, for ovum donation. $2-3,000 a donation. At a school where in-state tuition was, like $5,000 a year, that sounded pretty good. It also sounded pretty weird. Like maybe the point of going to college was to avoid doing things like ovum donation.
Years later, a friend was living Big City life, which can be expensive. And at a low cash flow moment, actually looked a little harder at ovum donation. Of course, at that point, there was more $$$$ to sweeten the pot. Turns out, in addition to a fair amount of time, the pharmacological exposure, immediate side effects and long term probabilities were a bit Frankenstein. Of course, that’s what it sounded like to us—we both held Bachelors of Science degrees in Natural Sciences and so had an insiders view of the percentages, potentialities and the realities of the little talked about great unknown factors. At the end of the day, we were both, like, you couldn’t pay me enough for that.
Which, I guess goes to the value of Science education. Yes, college and all forms of education tend to have a “get me a job” component. However, there is a broader value to the individual and “Society” in simply producing a more educated citizen. One whose understanding of fractions and biology allows them to exercise some independent judgment in their personal decisionmaking, not just do what their told.
I suppose, that depending on your point of view, that could be a good thing or a bad thing. I bet there’s a whole bunch of X-Ray manufacturers and dentists in hock for new X-Ray machines who aren’t too happy about today’s headlines. They certainly haven’t been happy about my refusal to get dental X-Rays more than every 24 months. Well, now I’m not even sure about every 24 months.
I’m sure my reluctance about dental X-Rays affects jobs somewhere. I guess I’m not sure raising the population risk of brain tumors—benign or otherwise—is worth it to me. I guess the brain tumors create jobs, too—hospitals and surgeries and diagnoses and such? I think you can get stuck in a nested DO-Loop of job creation for the sake of job creation and not pay attention to what the jobs create aside from more jobs cleaning up the mess that the original jobs made. But that’s probably me using my Science education to exercise independent judgment again. :S