koan - 9:21 pm on Jun 16, 2011 (gmt 0)
they are busy with the "fancy" stuff.
This is a classical false argument. Just because one important thing is not complete, it doesn't mean that putting everyone on that project will help, and it doesn't mean various groups cannot work on various projects at the same time, and it doesn't mean other projects may not help solve other problems that are just as important for other people. The first important problem may not be solved for decades... we can't put everything else on hold in the meanwhile.
It's like saying "Why research for migraine drugs when we haven't cured cancer yet?"