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My outlook is that well-intentioned discussion only helps a serious theory, and that - especially for the non-academic researcher - can serve as a kind of peer review to help keep the author's perspective on track.

Likewise, it makes as little sense to slap down a less-well-thought-out theory as it would to slap down someone who is just in the process of learning a complex language. You come to learn language by using it, just as you tend to learn useful things by pursuing a thoughtful line of inquiry to its eventual conclusion - even if that conclusion ultimately contradicts the original theory.

Likewise, there is often something useful to be gained even from (sometimes especially from) a person who holds the most naive perspective on a given topic, and there is value to everyone in letting that person pursue their thought. Consequently, in my view, the poster who presents what in the card game Bridge is called a shut-out bid ultimately does a disservice to everyone.

To my way of thinking, anyone who casts themselves as a debunker has already concluded that their perspective is and must be the correct perspective. In that case, why bother to join a discussion group?

- Laird

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debunking alternative theories 323 Titus Livius 02-Jul-09 19:10
Re: debunking alternative theories 252 cladking 02-Jul-09 19:55
Re: debunking alternative theories 198 drew 02-Jul-09 23:11
Re: debunking alternative theories 205 Scott Creighton 02-Jul-09 23:52
Re: debunking alternative theories 195 survivalcell 03-Jul-09 00:01
Re: debunking alternative theories 206 cladking 03-Jul-09 01:37
Re: debunking alternative theories 212 survivalcell 03-Jul-09 18:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 203 cladking 04-Jul-09 00:07
Re: debunking alternative theories 282 Susan Doris 04-Jul-09 07:14
Re: debunking alternative theories 232 cladking 04-Jul-09 07:26
Re: debunking alternative theories 269 Susan Doris 04-Jul-09 07:31
Re: debunking alternative theories 224 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 07:31
Re: debunking alternative theories 207 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:10
Re: debunking alternative theories 245 cladking 03-Jul-09 22:56
Re: debunking alternative theories 201 papalou 05-Jul-09 22:27
Re: debunking alternative theories 239 Susan Doris 06-Jul-09 06:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 290 carolb 06-Jul-09 18:13
Re: debunking alternative theories 218 Susan Doris 06-Jul-09 20:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 226 papalou 06-Jul-09 23:29
Re: debunking alternative theories 279 carolb 07-Jul-09 16:43
Re: debunking alternative theories 204 NetWorkAngel 07-Jul-09 16:51
Re: debunking alternative theories 192 Bobajot 08-Jul-09 03:49
Re: debunking alternative theories 146 Andy McCallum 02-Jul-09 22:40
Re: debunking alternative theories 204 Archae Solenhofen 02-Jul-09 23:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 193 Scott Creighton 03-Jul-09 00:03
Re: debunking alternative theories 235 Archae Solenhofen 03-Jul-09 03:17
Re: debunking alternative theories 236 Scott Creighton 03-Jul-09 10:23
Re: debunking alternative theories 219 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:20
Scott 229 Warwick 03-Jul-09 17:54
Re: debunking alternative theories 236 Archae Solenhofen 03-Jul-09 18:13
Re: debunking alternative theories 240 cladking 03-Jul-09 23:08
Re: debunking alternative theories 218 Archae Solenhofen 03-Jul-09 23:59
Re: debunking alternative theories 234 cladking 04-Jul-09 01:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 235 Archae Solenhofen 04-Jul-09 18:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 235 cladking 04-Jul-09 18:54
Re: debunking alternative theories 205 papalou 05-Jul-09 22:47
The coiled serpent 209 Morph 06-Jul-09 13:58
Re: debunking alternative theories 235 Susan Doris 06-Jul-09 07:03
Re: debunking alternative theories 216 cladking 06-Jul-09 21:46
Re: debunking alternative theories 246 Susan Doris 07-Jul-09 07:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 225 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:16
Re: debunking alternative theories 259 Archae Solenhofen 03-Jul-09 18:47
Re: debunking alternative theories 225 Morph 02-Jul-09 23:22
Re: debunking alternative theories 216 drew 02-Jul-09 23:25
Re: debunking alternative theories 220 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:48
Re: debunking alternative theories 198 Warwick 03-Jul-09 18:08
Re: debunking alternative theories 252 richarddullum 03-Jul-09 05:50
Re: debunking alternative theories 211 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:38
Re: debunking alternative theories 216 cladking 03-Jul-09 23:36
Re: debunking alternative theories 234 Titus Livius 04-Jul-09 11:57
Re: debunking alternative theories 253 cladking 04-Jul-09 19:14
Re: debunking alternative theories 207 Titus Livius 05-Jul-09 10:22
Re: debunking alternative theories 222 cladking 05-Jul-09 20:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 251 Susan Doris 03-Jul-09 07:36
Re: debunking alternative theories 279 Susan Doris 03-Jul-09 07:43
Re: debunking alternative theories 201 Scott Creighton 03-Jul-09 10:58
Re: debunking alternative theories 207 Essan 03-Jul-09 08:52
Re: debunking alternative theories 199 Laird Scranton 03-Jul-09 15:05
Re: debunking alternative theories 229 Warwick 03-Jul-09 17:47
more scholarly feedback 174 Warwick 03-Jul-09 18:00
Re: more scholarly feedback 203 cladking 03-Jul-09 23:45
Re: debunking alternative theories 328 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 18:42
actually.. 229 Warwick 03-Jul-09 19:08
Re: actually.. 196 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 19:17
Re: actually.. 206 Warwick 03-Jul-09 19:39
Re: actually.. 251 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 19:43
Re: actually.. 248 Warwick 03-Jul-09 19:50
Re: actually.. 196 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 19:56
Re: actually.. 202 Warwick 03-Jul-09 20:13
Re: actually.. 187 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 20:33
Posturing.. 225 Warwick 03-Jul-09 20:46
Re: Posturing.. 233 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 20:54
Re: Posturing.. 218 Warwick 03-Jul-09 21:01
Re:Opinion Alert! 224 Sirfiroth 04-Jul-09 06:03
Re:Opinion Alert! 234 Warwick 04-Jul-09 17:58
Re:Opinion Alert! 194 Sirfiroth 04-Jul-09 19:49
Re:Opinion Alert! 192 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 20:03
Re:Opinion Alert! 214 Warwick 05-Jul-09 18:45
Re:Opinion Alert! 222 Sirfiroth 05-Jul-09 20:21
Re:Opinion Alert! 275 Warwick 05-Jul-09 21:05
Re: Posturing.. 247 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 08:15
Re: Posturing.. 195 Warwick 04-Jul-09 18:10
Re: Posturing.. 210 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 18:33
Re: Posturing.. 203 Warwick 04-Jul-09 19:09
Re: Posturing.. 253 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 19:27
Re: Posturing.. 213 cladking 04-Jul-09 20:01
Re: actually.. 285 Warwick 03-Jul-09 20:15
Re: debunking alternative theories 224 drew 04-Jul-09 03:24
Titus 222 Warwick 03-Jul-09 20:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 195 Diomede 05-Jul-09 22:39
Re: debunking alternative theories 266 Susan Doris 06-Jul-09 06:49
Re: debunking alternative theories 225 Laird Scranton 06-Jul-09 14:56
Re: debunking alternative theories 232 Titus Livius 06-Jul-09 18:39
Re: debunking alternative theories 269 Laird Scranton 06-Jul-09 20:40
Re: debunking alternative theories 244 bookwise 06-Jul-09 15:24
Re: debunking alternative theories 216 Laird Scranton 06-Jul-09 15:47
Re: debunking alternative theories 196 Diomede 06-Jul-09 20:11
Re: debunking alternative theories 201 bookwise 06-Jul-09 20:49
Re: debunking alternative theories 246 Susan Doris 07-Jul-09 07:38
Re: debunking alternative theories 238 Titus Livius 08-Jul-09 18:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 187 Warwick 08-Jul-09 19:03


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