What do you guys think of alternative career paths in physics away from academia free from the usual academic shackles?
Examples: Garrett Lisi who spends his time surfing and skiing while not working on E8.
Or Daniel Bedingham who is able to support himself part-time as an investment banker when not working on quantum mechanics.
Or Julian Barbour who supports himself by translating Russian journal articles into English when not working on quantum gravity.
Is it feasible to count upon Foundational Questions Institute to support such unconventional career paths using Templeton money?