Tuesday, August 24, 2010


Welcome to The Space Show's “Way Outside The Box Ideas And Plans” Blog.  This blog designed for you, listeners to The Space Show.  It’s for you to post your ideas, suggestions, feedback, comments, and plans regarding anything space related.  Topics can cover propulsion to space travel, to what NASA should or should not do, to what should be happening or not happening with NewSpace, to our best or worst space policy, to what is happening outside the United States to what is happening in the U.S – you name it.  All topics, with the exception of politics, are welcome.  This is not a political blog and political comments and news except as directly related to space issues and topics will be removed.

Each Space Show program (excluding Space Show Classroom programs) will be archived on this blog as well as The Space Show website (www.thespaceshow.com).  Once the program is archived on this blog, it’s open for your submissions.  On Open Lines shows, you can post comments about the topics discussed, the callers, and even submit your drawing, plans, or technology suggestions for what you propose or would like to see happen.  Let the light of day fall upon your ideas here on this blog and let's see what others have to say about them.

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  1. There are two types of people in this world:

    1) Credentialed thinkers that only focus on what causes problems needing a practical solution. They fear risking their valuable credentials by thinking too far outside of the box.
    2) Wackos, i.e., people with no credentials that think outside of the box, take huge risks. Fearless wackos are willing to risk everything just to slightly deflect the course of a ship heading into the unknown.

    The grey area of the box, i.e., thinking just outside of the box is where credentialed thinkers and wackos find common ground and work together whether they like it or not to pursue new solutions. Credentialed thinkers will always remain the dominant thinking partner. It is up to the wackos to exercise caution when ideally persuading the credentialed thinkers in small increments.

    These two types of people constantly struggle for supremacy in terms of changing everyone's perceptions on what causes problems and how solutions are implemented. Most of the time, the credentialed thinkers win the struggle because of their superior position on the ladder of acknowledged value and trust. It is rare for the wackos to make sense; however, they occasionally succeed over time leading to rapid innovation and progress. Once outside-the-box ideas get inside, the credentialed thinkers acknowledge them and begin their credentialed control of how solutions are implemented.

    It works best when wackos learn to exercise caution when promoting out-of-the-box ideas that most people consider unfathomable. To do otherwise is a perceived waste of precious thinking time for credentialed thinkers.

  2. Joe, I don't disagree with what you are saying but the wackos serve an important purpose in making us think about that which we would probably never think about. I have often talked about the three crackpot tests that I use as filters (given me by guests on advanced propulsion shows) plus the fun financial and investment laws developed by Dr. Jurist and others. But I for one welcome the wackos and crackpots but I have to hold it to a minimum on the show for obvious reasons. But this blog is for everyone, even a wacko so let it rip and let the chips fall where they may.