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.