Could you give a specific reference to what Tom is saying that you are referring to? I know that references were made to variations in PMRs but I would like to see Tom's actual words.
I can't seem to find the exact passage, but here is an excerpt regarding NPMR--
http://books.google.com/books?id=RYHtBP ... &q&f=false
"The good, the bad, and the ugly," as Tom says.
Tom has also described this PMR as having a good reputation for the quality of IUOCs that it produces, despite functioning at a relative kindergarten level because of so many new IUOCs. It is supposedly considered to be a desirable place, one might say a prestige place, to graduate from. There are apparently considerations beside pleasantness that are significant.
I remember Monroe discussing the fact that this PMR has a good reputation. This puzzles me a bit because I'm not sure that the entropy of the human race is actually decreasing... we're a complicated bunch.
It's not absolutely clear that when you use the terms good and bad above you mean by them 'comfortable and cozy and clean' (or not) or efficient (or not). This one here can have an effect of focusing one's attention... which would make it inclined to efficiency.
I don't think it's necessarily about comfort... Say, for example, there's a PMR where children are taught about how to be more loving at a very young age.