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In the absence of external meaning society resorts to social status. This becomes an all-consuming pursuit. Even consuming superior ways of life. If a society were to discipline itself, to enforce patents after they expire and thereby fund scientific research, then a scientific discovery could become more valuable than a corporation (infinite payout vs 20 yrs). Corporations would serve scientists. The Scientists would then provide the edge to out compete rival nations. This is not possible with the existing scientific educational system. One more like that which raised Thomas Edison must be implemented. Possible places to implement this India (because they have the most respect for engineers), small country ().