Research competence is the ability to develop new knowledge and techniques that permit the development of creative expertise for improving basic human life. However, recent misunderstanding has tended to limit the image of research to isolated disciplines and narrow areas. This narrow view of research has prevented the channelling of research competence into vital areas of society – for example, studies of the effects on a traditional society of the injection of advanced technology. As a result, although research may have contributed to longer life span, it has not significantly improved the quality of society because of its neglect of important areas of society. Urban technological man, while enjoying greater comfort, is often confronted with a lack of personal significance because of the lack of creative engagement in life.