What is this website about?

It is an invitation to face a fundamental contemporary problem of collaboration.

Adam Smith got it right when he noted that pin-making could be made more efficient by dividing the work intelligently. But what about the pen?

“The division of labour, so far as it can be introduced, occasions, in every art, a proportionable increase in the productive power of labour” (Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations)

Intellectual labour has been dividing and divided throughout the past five hundred years in a way that fosters isolated (and often irrelevant) specialization. Is there another way of moving foward in the search for relevant understanding, patterns of genuine progress?

That is what this website is about.

It is about a revolution. But the revolution is a quiet revolution: it is about a revolving of ideas, a way of collaborating that would recycle the ideas that contribute to progress. Every area of inquiry is unwittingly struggling towards such a revolving. The website aims at bringing unity and efficiency and light into that struggle. It points towards a collaboration that would link our efforts together so that, instead of each zone and sub-zone of inquiry tunnelling along alone, there would be a towering of significant meanings, a twister of truths, a vortext of growing understanding of human possibilities.

Halifax, Nova Scotia, 2012

Listen to a clip of a lecture McShane delivered at the 2012 Halifax Lonergan Conference, “Functional Collaboration in the Emerging Arts and Sciences.”

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With Éamonn de Valera, 1968

Éamonn de Valera was the only leader of the 1916 Easter Revolution in Dublin not executed by the British. The photo of McShane and de Valera was taken in 1968 while de Valera was still President of Ireland.

Nashik, India, 2010

McShane gave the keynote address, and led discussions, for a three-day conference on economic theory in Nashik, India. McShane used examples from his father’s bakery business to introduce the distinct basic and surplus circuits in a dynamic exchange economy.

With Bernard Lonergan, 1971

This photo of Bernard Lonergan and McShane was taken during the summer of 1971 in Dublin. At the time Lonergan was lecturing on Method in Theology at the Milltown Institute.