Maybe rather than diverting money from scientific endeavors, the Government should stop subsidizing religions with tax free status.
Basic innumeracy or the ability to compare two hugely different sums of money. The sum today required to "make everything everywhere better in every way" will never really be knowable. The cost to slam protons together is a known quantity (3-4 times higher than we thought).
We could also pave every dirt road before we put out all the fires or drink all the milk we were ever going to drink before we poured the cereal. These are the simple versions of the false choice trap.