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  1. I don’t buy it. For one thing, the Space Age wasn’t much. Indeed, Kennedy chose the race to the Moon specifically because it was a finite goal and did not involve a commitment beyond winning the contest. And really, the changes to our world brought about by Space are fairly small.

    But the government is already spending a great deal of money on medical R&D, and has been doing so since at least when Nixon created “the war on cancer”. And the government spends an incredible amount of money on medical services for a large number of people.

    A better model to study is the growth of the Computer Age, which has changed everything. Various government subsidies advanced various parts of it, but the whole mass advanced organically, mostly because computerization made it cheaper to do things we were already doing. What sort of Health Age could develop in that manner?

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