I agree with Prof. Moglen that defining aims would help narrow our focus to manageable problems.

I'll tentatively propose that one should reconcile three kinds of signals: (1) one's skills, (2) one's sense of issues or people that are on the right track, and (3) one's sense of an ideal future world.

Our excerpt of "Something Split" shows "All Great Problems Come from the Streets" as the next chapter, which accords with Arnold's analysis of new organizations rising to fill unmet needs, an example of the second signal category above. Those things are sensible and can be important, and can be incorporated/approached sensibly. (Some concern/process sense of correction/development/incorporation... In the 1800s we had pro-business laws and "rugged individualism" for development/capability. Further on with some development and capacity, rich and poor, we consider/develop equality and provisions further, like social safety net. These things both having sense to them and combining with interest in good/right/appropriate case.)

The third signal may be a further instrument of perspective and calibration. I suspect there are some substantial differences in what people have in mind (more or less consciously) and range of what's out there, currently and in plausible prospectivity. I wonder to what extent people think there's an important division of opinion between:

• We live on Earth in a broadly recognizable way, approaching ideals of goodness, fairness, and sustainability, and

• We expand infinitely in capability and knowledge, conquering scarcity and death on our way to complete freedom.

I might attribute the first to Tharaud and more of the second to Cerriere. Views like these may underlie/contribute to our perceptions/orientations/approaches, some like Galileo and Jesus from Galilee, variably focused/oriented though plausibly consistent. I wonder if Galileo Galilei and Galilee is design-intended, perhaps with humor/sense, with respect to this kind of question of sun/Son centrality/orientation? Also, triangulation/generational through line of one's life and good for son/children, sun/Son/son. Is it useful to think about? Sprinkle in jokes lightly, like what's for lunch? Microcosm, macrocosm, my current circumstance, the present, short, medium, long-term future/goals, content and facility, is-ought wheel. I'm hydrated, got to clean my kitchen. Like part Roomba. Going to church today, it's All Saints' Day, a holy day of obligation. ... currently reading Paterson by William Carlos Williams, after seeing a flick I enjoyed called Paterson ...

-- GregOrr - 09 Apr 2009