Re: Dale Gray's model
Discussion to date:
Amanda asked :
> What is your opinion on the relative importance of the financial
> factors, then?
Dale replied :
>> I have yet to see a frontier without a strong charisma factor.
Amanda countered :
> Fair enough. But there are clear differences betwen the terrestrial
> frontiers which you have studied and the space frontier.
Dale asserted :
>> There is a perception that money flows outward from frontiers.
>> This is not the case. Let me repeat that, it is important, this is
>> not the case. Money flows into frontiers, especially in the
>> beginning phases.
I don't disagree with this part of Dale's assessment. I still
think that he's neglecting to mention the financial realities. Surely,
all the charisma in the world won't make a successful frontier if the
financial factors are wrong (which he admited, in fact :
> Too much charisma may launch a frontier prematurely. This happened
> a number of times in the old west when rumors sent miners out to
> what turned out to be barren ground. A few times during these
> "humbug rushes" something else was found and the new frontier
So I think we're looking at the same thing from different
perspectives and emphasis. I don't think we're going to lack High
Frontier Charismatics, though. So I assert that getting the financial
factors right, through technology, attitudes in banking, and
legislation, is the more important first step.
On a side issue, Dale asked :
> May I ask what business in Chile?
Sure you can! I was observing for three nights with an
infrared camera on the European Southern Observatory 2.2m telescope at
La Silla, in the southern Atacama, looking for signs of collisions
between galaxies with active nuclei. Or do you want the full half-day