Re: Dale Gray's model
I'm just back from a business trip to Chile...
Two weeks ago, I said :
> Have you tried re-considering your model?
Soon after, Dale Gray said :
> Actually, the model is the result of a decade of work on historic
> mining camps and agricultural frontiers. I am applying it to space
> as a method of testing it in a situation where I don't know the end
Interesting. An impressive ammount of work, also.
> The three factors I mentioned are not fiscal in nature. That
> discussion has volumes behind it.
What is your opinion on the relative importance of the
financial factors, then?
> I have yet to see a frontier without a strong charisma factor.
Fair enough. But there are clear differences betwen the
terrestrial frontiers which you have studied and the space
frontier. Do you have any deeper understanding as to why the charisma
factor is so important, what barriers it overcomes, and whether those
barriers are analogous in the terrestrial and space arenas? That is to
say, is it legitimate for you to transfer your model in this way? Are
the fundamental properties of the situations sufficiently comparable?
> I am also putting my money where my mouth is and have invested
> accordingly. Have not done too bad so far...
Good for you!
> As for contention, I think it is great! It is one of the fastest
> ways to educate the public and to increase public participation.
It's a quick and efficient way to promote lively, public
debate, in other words! :-)