They say “on the internet nobody knows you’re a dog“, I like this a lot. It tells me that communication is enhanced by renouncing at vanity. Unfortunately this seems to me the most important stumbling block in the path towards a better research communication system. Because researchers, statistically speaking, have been selected since at least 40 years by vanity criteria. That is why we see better communication among young researchers, not only because they are young, but because their vanity is still low, making them more available to receiving and giving new ideas.
No technical improvement, no OA schema other than the most idealistic ones, will enhance communication. You don’t believe me? Look then at what is available, does it work? Slowly but surely we shall pass to OA entirely, but so slow, it’s almost at historical scale. Recently it was officially discovered that gold OA is worse than green OA. Great discovery, but it was obvious from the beginning. I believe sooner than later, but don’t worry, not too soon, we shall renounce at the article format for communicating research.
Which brings me to the real subject of this post. I am not sure if this blog/open notebook is the right format for communication. I am looking for collaborations with the rare, but surely existing creative people which, as me, are more curious than vain. There is a great amount of lurking around this blog. I can see there’s a lot of interest both in the graphic lambda calculus and in the chemical concrete machine. The lack of input I get from these lurkers worries me. This blog documents the evolution of some ideas from the initial vague start to some products, like the ones mentioned here. Don’t you understand that these are just byproducts of a very enjoyable exploration? Which byproducts could be much, much more funny if they are the result of a dialogue?
That is why I am looking for alternatives which might enhance this potential collaboration with other creative dogs around the world.