Why Boaty McBoatface is a Really Good Idea
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There are not many nice ways to say this, so I’m just going to say it as simply and directly as I can; science has a tendency to get a little up its own ass and consequently suck at PR.
Not to say that isn’t an understandable thing. When your job is to figure out what could be, the tendency to distance yourself from what is becomes a necessity. Case in point, Nikola Tesla. When your head says “I know how we can pull electricity out of the air and make it free for everyone” while the world around you is saying “This person is going to die from a minor flesh wound because Neosporin hasn’t been invented yet” chances are good you’re going to fall in love with a pigeon. There’s only so much the human brain can do as far as coexisting between The Is and The Possible before something has to give.