Thank you so much for the intellectually honest answer, Jordan.
It is worth noting, I think we reached a fascinating and recurring pattern I have seen and I should be open about my biases as I learn more.
(My bias: not speaking for DFINITY, but myself)
I have a bias that a working system is the most important thing so external papers can come afterward. As a former Ph.D. student, I think there is value in getting external feedback and reviewing, but I think we are at the phase where “all hands on deck” for upgrading Sodium into Mercury is where we need to ruthlessly focus (that is where my product and former-startup-founder bias comes in).
The pattern I have seen:
A curious emphasis from the community on papers before working system… I am slightly picking on your question because I really sense there is a deeper truth underneath I only superficially get, not groking. I would like to understand your intent. The more I understand your intent, the more I can try to satisfy with other things potentially.
I am curious and want to learn, from your point of view, the practical use of external research papers. The answer may be as simple as “I want to make sure you guys are building on good foundations before I invest more of my time learning about the Internet Computer”.
That is totally valid!
Thanks so much. I always appreciate the input of the well-intentioned, reasonable skeptic.