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I agree with most of the above. I would just like to add, however, that true advances in any knowledge field can only result from a pretty thorough understanding of the status quo at the beginning.
Science absolutely has to be conservatively based and, of course, any advance must be justified by strong evidence. If Science went chasing after every distraction, it would exhibit Brownian motion.
So many posts on these fora(ums?) are mere fancy - built on little knowledge and no evidence.
The prepared mind. It seem clear to me that the ability to perceive a reasonable understanding of any proposition or idea requires, at the very least, a prepared mind. What does this mean. A mind that is free from preconceptions and biases. Any subject, topic, or ides that is discussed within this forum, or anywhere else, is of limited value, if not viewed with a mind that is unfettered with conditioned thinking, and ungrounded knowledge. As such, we are often to quick to access the value of an opinion or "fact" without the minimum degree of information necessary to form a useful response. I do not deny that such exchanges can have real value, as with, for instance ,the exchanges between a knowledgeable teacher and a budding student. But if our goal is to facilitate a path towards the quality of knowledge and understanding that lead to a genuine dialog, than, perhaps we might consider what is essential to achieve the direct perception of a child. I don't pretend to hold the key. Moreover, I cannot persuade you of its value. I suspect, many of you instinctively realize the need for this goal. Perhaps meditation, journalizing, reflection, communing with nature, creative endeavors, and the like can get us closer to this goal. You must discover the best way for yourself. I believe it is a worthy and difficult ambition. Thank you for this opportunity to precipitate.
It is true that a blindfolded person can get a bullseye with a dart on rare occasions. Mostly they hit a member of the audience. Would it be arrogant not to pick a blindfolded member for your darts team?Lay persons' ideas are usually dismissed because they fail the initial tests. Read these pages and you will find hundreds of ideas based on nothing but whimsy. Should they all get government funding to allow actual experiments or should they be subjected to some good old 'peer review' before money / effort is spent / wasted?
thinking 'outside the box ' requires one to take a 'Leap of Faith'..