Tom's thread "Why I'm REALLY disappointed..." continues to get increasingly thought-provoking and informative. I summarized some recent discussion here: https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?p=3219363#post3219363 I had some reaction to recent posts by Suprised and Tom that I will put in this side-thread because I don't want to overburden the main thread. It is possible that there is a loss of interest among top creative people or loss of "research energy" in the program that is due to deficiencies in program management---failures of vision and direction: what Suprised calls "wrong turns" and "blind alleys". He also recalled the image of looking too much under the lamppost where the light is. We don't know that all of Suprised's diagnosis is correct, but he clearly knows what he is talking about and it is suggestive. So has there really been a loss of focus or research energy? Has there been a loss of interest by top people? And if so, why?