I guess my qualia are on a different list...
What is the current recommended reading order for the Sequences? I'm thinking of reading through them all and record the experience.
There are two distinct problems here that need to be discussed.
It seems to me that the process can be accelerated by simply adding more alchemists, so that even as the useful amount of research from each of them decreases, the overall amount of research produced can be kept constant or increased.
Of course, "simply" adding more alchemists might not be so simple after all, being a matter of availiable resources. But perhaps the strategy of the alchemist's guild should have been to build an enormous and robust financial structure that would allow them to hire and support a huge amount of researchers later on, instead of hanging by a thread where even a slight interruption by the king could set them back centuries?