Further my post dt. Jun 25, 2013 3:50 PM (http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=9145373): > Responding to posts of mine, Professor Wayne Bishop > wrote: > <snip> > (GSC): These tools enable people to convince themselves > s that certain ideas may, at a particular time or > place, be infeasible or unviable. > <snip> It is generally quite easy to convince oneself that the ideas held by others in any specific debate are of little value (even if they may actually be of some value); it is usually very difficult indeed to convince oneself that one's own ideas are of little value (even if those ideas are in fact worthless). These are very human characteristics which probably had some survival value in evolutionary terms. In modern times, these human characteristics may in fact have negative value: plenty of instances are available in the daily news.
Most disputes and even wars are in fact caused by certain individuals/groups believing that their own ideas are of great value - while other individuals/groups feel those ideas have little or no value.
The tools recommended in my original post offer the considerable benefit that even enable individuals and groups convince themselves (quite rigorously) that their own ideas are of lower value than they may have originally believed.
In general, it becomes relatively easier for individuals or groups to understand the real value (if any) of any ideas encountered, wherever the ideas may originate from.