Over at MedRants, rcentor has an interesting post,
We live in a society that has a love hate relationship with thinking. Geeks are chic, but usually at a distance. We rarely show intellectuals the respect they deserve.Needless to say, this emphasis on "doing" extends well beyond the world of medical reimbursement.
We all want the benefits if great thinking, but I fear that most in our society do not really respect the thinkers. We clearly respect the doers.
Perhaps that is why fees for surgery and procedures exceed fees for thinking. Cognition makes one a nerd.