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RF is not 'black magic' – It's Synthesis, Optimization, Analysis and Realization.
The Blind Men and the Elephant, p. 1
You may have heard a version of this parable, maybe not. John Godfrey Saxe concluded his version this way:
So oft in theologic wars,
The disputants, I ween,
Rail on in utter ignorance
Of what each other mean,
And prate about an Elephant
Not one of them has been or seen
I’ll add what Robert Heinlein said:
I never learned from a man who agreed with me.
I have certain beliefs. Other people have theirs. When we differ, I am sometimes prompted to say to myself, “Well, I probably don’t know everything about it, then.” Not always−
When confronted with, for example, “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” I am only and always prompted to say to myself, “Knucklehead!”
But there are things you can learn, even from knuckleheads, if you listen carefully. If the blind men had applied this idea to their elephant they still might not have discerned the nature of the elephant, but they would have at least made progress toward understanding its true nature.
So when those people whose religious worldviews are not even wrong show up at my door …
Naw, I still don’t talk to them! But I reflect that there might be a kernel of ‘Truth’ in what they desire to be the truth.