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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 378 Titus Livius 02-Jul-09 19:10
Re: debunking alternative theories 289 cladking 02-Jul-09 19:55
Re: debunking alternative theories 235 drew 02-Jul-09 23:11
Re: debunking alternative theories 267 Scott Creighton 02-Jul-09 23:52
Re: debunking alternative theories 237 survivalcell 03-Jul-09 00:01
Re: debunking alternative theories 257 cladking 03-Jul-09 01:37
Re: debunking alternative theories 265 survivalcell 03-Jul-09 18:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 246 cladking 04-Jul-09 00:07
Re: debunking alternative theories 322 Susan Doris 04-Jul-09 07:14
Re: debunking alternative theories 270 cladking 04-Jul-09 07:26
Re: debunking alternative theories 306 Susan Doris 04-Jul-09 07:31
Re: debunking alternative theories 283 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 07:31
Re: debunking alternative theories 257 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:10
Re: debunking alternative theories 299 cladking 03-Jul-09 22:56
Re: debunking alternative theories 264 papalou 05-Jul-09 22:27
Re: debunking alternative theories 280 Susan Doris 06-Jul-09 06:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 338 carolb 06-Jul-09 18:13
Re: debunking alternative theories 264 Susan Doris 06-Jul-09 20:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 255 papalou 06-Jul-09 23:29
Re: debunking alternative theories 329 carolb 07-Jul-09 16:43
Re: debunking alternative theories 250 NetWorkAngel 07-Jul-09 16:51
Re: debunking alternative theories 273 Bobajot 08-Jul-09 03:49
Re: debunking alternative theories 200 Andy McCallum 02-Jul-09 22:40
Re: debunking alternative theories 263 Archae Solenhofen 02-Jul-09 23:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 235 Scott Creighton 03-Jul-09 00:03
Re: debunking alternative theories 275 Archae Solenhofen 03-Jul-09 03:17
Re: debunking alternative theories 283 Scott Creighton 03-Jul-09 10:23
Re: debunking alternative theories 274 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:20
Scott 271 Warwick 03-Jul-09 17:54
Re: debunking alternative theories 287 Archae Solenhofen 03-Jul-09 18:13
Re: debunking alternative theories 282 cladking 03-Jul-09 23:08
Re: debunking alternative theories 270 Archae Solenhofen 03-Jul-09 23:59
Re: debunking alternative theories 277 cladking 04-Jul-09 01:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 282 Archae Solenhofen 04-Jul-09 18:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 284 cladking 04-Jul-09 18:54
Re: debunking alternative theories 251 papalou 05-Jul-09 22:47
The coiled serpent 253 Morph 06-Jul-09 13:58
Re: debunking alternative theories 272 Susan Doris 06-Jul-09 07:03
Re: debunking alternative theories 266 cladking 06-Jul-09 21:46
Re: debunking alternative theories 312 Susan Doris 07-Jul-09 07:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 276 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:16
Re: debunking alternative theories 305 Archae Solenhofen 03-Jul-09 18:47
Re: debunking alternative theories 268 Morph 02-Jul-09 23:22
Re: debunking alternative theories 268 drew 02-Jul-09 23:25
Re: debunking alternative theories 277 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:48
Re: debunking alternative theories 238 Warwick 03-Jul-09 18:08
Re: debunking alternative theories 318 richarddullum 03-Jul-09 05:50
Re: debunking alternative theories 264 Titus Livius 03-Jul-09 17:38
Re: debunking alternative theories 291 cladking 03-Jul-09 23:36
Re: debunking alternative theories 278 Titus Livius 04-Jul-09 11:57
Re: debunking alternative theories 305 cladking 04-Jul-09 19:14
Re: debunking alternative theories 247 Titus Livius 05-Jul-09 10:22
Re: debunking alternative theories 268 cladking 05-Jul-09 20:18
Re: debunking alternative theories 306 Susan Doris 03-Jul-09 07:36
Re: debunking alternative theories 317 Susan Doris 03-Jul-09 07:43
Re: debunking alternative theories 256 Scott Creighton 03-Jul-09 10:58
Re: debunking alternative theories 249 Essan 03-Jul-09 08:52
Re: debunking alternative theories 241 Laird Scranton 03-Jul-09 15:05
Re: debunking alternative theories 278 Warwick 03-Jul-09 17:47
more scholarly feedback 200 Warwick 03-Jul-09 18:00
Re: more scholarly feedback 262 cladking 03-Jul-09 23:45
Re: debunking alternative theories 370 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 18:42
actually.. 278 Warwick 03-Jul-09 19:08
Re: actually.. 243 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 19:17
Re: actually.. 258 Warwick 03-Jul-09 19:39
Re: actually.. 290 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 19:43
Re: actually.. 286 Warwick 03-Jul-09 19:50
Re: actually.. 255 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 19:56
Re: actually.. 245 Warwick 03-Jul-09 20:13
Re: actually.. 232 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 20:33
Posturing.. 266 Warwick 03-Jul-09 20:46
Re: Posturing.. 275 Rob Miller 03-Jul-09 20:54
Re: Posturing.. 261 Warwick 03-Jul-09 21:01
Re:Opinion Alert! 282 Sirfiroth 04-Jul-09 06:03
Re:Opinion Alert! 279 Warwick 04-Jul-09 17:58
Re:Opinion Alert! 231 Sirfiroth 04-Jul-09 19:49
Re:Opinion Alert! 231 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 20:03
Re:Opinion Alert! 249 Warwick 05-Jul-09 18:45
Re:Opinion Alert! 270 Sirfiroth 05-Jul-09 20:21
Re:Opinion Alert! 316 Warwick 05-Jul-09 21:05
Re: Posturing.. 285 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 08:15
Re: Posturing.. 253 Warwick 04-Jul-09 18:10
Re: Posturing.. 253 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 18:33
Re: Posturing.. 254 Warwick 04-Jul-09 19:09
Re: Posturing.. 310 Rob Miller 04-Jul-09 19:27
Re: Posturing.. 274 cladking 04-Jul-09 20:01
Re: actually.. 331 Warwick 03-Jul-09 20:15
Re: debunking alternative theories 272 drew 04-Jul-09 03:24
Titus 270 Warwick 03-Jul-09 20:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 251 Diomede 05-Jul-09 22:39
Re: debunking alternative theories 319 Susan Doris 06-Jul-09 06:49
Re: debunking alternative theories 271 Laird Scranton 06-Jul-09 14:56
Re: debunking alternative theories 284 Titus Livius 06-Jul-09 18:39
Re: debunking alternative theories 310 Laird Scranton 06-Jul-09 20:40
Re: debunking alternative theories 290 bookwise 06-Jul-09 15:24
Re: debunking alternative theories 256 Laird Scranton 06-Jul-09 15:47
Re: debunking alternative theories 240 Diomede 06-Jul-09 20:11
Re: debunking alternative theories 259 bookwise 06-Jul-09 20:49
Re: debunking alternative theories 284 Susan Doris 07-Jul-09 07:38
Re: debunking alternative theories 301 Titus Livius 08-Jul-09 18:34
Re: debunking alternative theories 225 Warwick 08-Jul-09 19:03


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