Sorry, but I’ve downvoted this post. Generally speaking, I think that it is very possible that some fundamental research is extremely important but I don’t think that this post adds value to this discussion.
The two major problems that I see in this post, besides its brevity (which might actually be good in some cases!), are
One-sidedness. This post seems to try and persuade that fundamental research is important, rather than assess it truthfully. I find that such posts usually don’t help me, because I expect there to be counter arguments which are omitted.
Lack of engagement with relevant arguments. This topic has been addressed before, and I heavily encourage you to search more on the forum (you can start with this tag).
I would really like to see more discussion on this topic and I definitely encourage you to read and write more about it! (A potentially fun experiment I’d like someone to do is to have a Change My View thread about such a topic; Perhaps you can have one on the importance of fundamental research. I’d also naturally be very interested in any independent research or a synthesis of information on this topic if you are up to do more work).
I understand your critique about the “format” of the post. Perhaps it could have been better with a more detailed analysis, or perhaps brevity is good.
However, my intention is to highlight this topic and prompt a discussion, and disagreements with the ideas themselves (rather than the format and the structure of the post). So in essence this can of course be a Change my View thread without explicitly having the need to mention that. I guess that is what forum posts are for—to prompt a discussion.
I have searched on the forum, and while there are discussions about scientific progress and its importance, I haven’t seen a post with the argument that I am making i.e. fundamental research (without a set goal) is important (or maybe this was discussed and I just haven’t managed to find it).
I take your points, but would rather hear your thoughts about the idea itself :)
You can read some of my thoughts on relevant issues here, an analysis of the value of medical research here, and very relevant discussions under the Differential Progress tag.