OK. It’s the first thing that needs to be done in the development of The Serendipity Engine because it is the cornerstone of addressing the problem/process that the Engine hopes to solve/document.
So it’s a biggie. That’s why it’s been a blockade. And that’s my excuse as to why there’s been no activity here since the introductory post.
Rather than try to conclusively sum up the definition of serendipity in one definitive post right now, I’m going to start posting what I’ve been collecting up until now with details of the source’s definition, the frame of reference s/he is approaching the problem from, and my comments about which bits of the definition I agree with and which I don’t.
One day in the very near future (it’ll have to be; TED is a month away!), I’ll do an integrative post that brings together the disparate links/videos/academic definitions with each of the summaries, and then we’ll have the definition for this project.