Deep, pure, and unfocused thinking is just as important if not more important that analytical thought focused on some problem. Indeed most of our paradigm shifting ideas and technology comes from this sort of thinking. Ots better than the alternative.
The payoff to society, however, is entirely another matter. One wonders how long this way of doing economics can survive as the state’s relentless expansion eats more deeply into society’s capacity to bankroll the silliness of people who would rather solve make-believe economic puzzles than—not to belabor my point—simply think about how the world works.