Ah. It seems I haven’t understood Mathland at all…
Michael Haupt
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If you’re interested, I’ve got a brief description of Mathland in this article:

And I’ve got a second article which discusses how a culture of powerful ideas might emerge. When Papert discusses Mathland and mathophobia, he points out that, in Greek, the prefix “math-” refers to learning. So, a culture of powerful ideas is Mathland, where math = learning.

In this article, you can make the argument that physically manufacturing and distributing Mathland materials is a primary obstacle in establishing a Mathland. That argument presupposes, without evidence, that there are Mathland natives among us today. Imagine there are 10,000 people who are looking for Mathland materials and 100 people who are capable of making Mathland materials. These quasi-Mathland natives exist today because, out of 7 billion people, there’s enough variation in the population for Mathland natives to develop without living in an actual Mathland. If that’s the case, then we can dramatically increase the availability of Mathland materials in the world by connecting these people, establishing a market with sufficient supply and demand. Then, as materials become available, a virtuous cycle is started in which more people develop into Mathland natives.

I’m not sure I buy it, but it’s certainly interesting to think about! I provide a different possible roadmap in the same article:

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