Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as "bad luck."

— Robert Heinlein

Steps to a Lonerganian Cosmopolis Institute


Any proposed center for cosmopolis work requires some way of putting the organization into context. Since any such educational center is likely to be associated with a university, the first task was to work out an understanding of what a university is based no what we know of the various levels of the human good and the emergent properties of world processes.A summary diagram of our current level of thinking is on the sub-page: recurring schemes.

The Plot

This page deals not only with the broad process of moving from a Tower of Babel to a Tower of Able (with thanks to Philip McShane); i.e., reversing common sense bias, but also with the general plot outline of a cosmopolis project involving something like a graphic novel as a tool to facilitate such a reversal.

Positioning Cosmopolis


This page positions a Lonergan/Cosmopolis center as a two stream operation involving conditioning and sublating. These operations are positioned within three primary realms of meaning: time-and-space-specific common sense, theoretical intelligence, and reflective transcendental meaning

An Emergent Cosmopolis