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09 October 2006

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Jackie M.

That reminds me -- do you like hot peppers?

Plin

That's so funny: coming from a very different perspective, my dissertation research is also making me interested in agriculture. To the point where I idly muse that my ideal job would be at a university with a strong school of agriculture, and the possibility of future collaboration.

Which has part of me wondering how the hell I got to this point. I mean, agriculture? And yet, it's so very important, from a cultural and scientific standpoint, in a sense you would expect it to garner more respect and interest.

Dan Percival

And yet, it's so very important, from a cultural and scientific standpoint, in a sense you would expect it to garner more respect and interest.

Is it sort of a truism that the most foundational activities get the least esteem, whereas the emergent layers that build upon (and are made possible by) the basics get the prestige and money? I've always gotten that background impression, but I've never really seen an exploration of it. Of course, I can think of exceptions: people love (and pay) a rock star more than a star rock critic.

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