Most pure mathematics research is simply glorified addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and composition.
Let's look at cryptocurrency consensus and distribution mechanisms.
Proof-of-work-Let's give the money to the jerk who wastes the most resources.
Proof-of-stake-Let's give the money willy nilly because distributing a new coin fairly is not important.
ICO-Let's scam people.
Useful proof-of-work-Let's give the money to the person who solves a useful problem. This will create a valuable cryptocurrency. But we cannot have this because we deny science.
USEFUL POW PROBLEMS ARE THE ONLY WAY TO FAIRLY DISTRIBUTE A CRYPTOCURRENCY. CRYPTOCURRENCY MINING HAS SO FAR BEEN A DESTRUCTIVE WASTE.