Theses on collabarating
Disclaimer: collaboration is defined here as economically relevant activity, as career move.
1. Those without funding; you cannot collaborate. Those with funding: you can collaborate.
Those looking for collaboration: weed out those without funding; only those with funding are applicable.
2. Collaborations can be about anything, as long as they are not about institutions.
3. Collaborating outside institutions might occur, but does not apply to definition of collaborating laid out above.
There is no economically relevant way of collaborating, that is with funding, that would be about institutions.
4. Collaborating effectively means linking fundings, ergo, linking institutions.
5. Institutions have no other aims than to consolidate their power. They have no external aims.
Thus collaborating consolidates institutional power through funding programs, as the process is described above.
6. Collaborations have no aims outside collaborating. Thus collaborations have no real content.
This can be seen in the formal and informal irrelevance of the results of collaborations.
7. Collaborators do not know why they do what they do, nor what their contributions are worth of.
This is because they have no time to learn from the work of others or reflect on their own.