I think a shire will be far more useful. Also once we build the GL we will get lots of Great Scientists quite quickly. I also don't think they will beeline for philo - if i was them I would be afraid that we would bulb it and would not want to risk it. If they did go for philo (and managed to get it before we we can bulb it) I still think that is ok. I would much rather they spend time getting a religion instead of than getting machinery or construction.