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Comment author: Caledonian2 18 May 2008 05:40:48PM 3 points [-]

I find it difficult to be sympathetic towards someone who complains he wasn't warned that the rule "do not take things on faith" wasn't supposed to be taken on faith.

We could provide a warning, of course. But how would we then ensure that people understood and applied the warning? Warn them about the warning, perhaps? And then give them a warning about the warning warning?

We could talk until we're blue in the face, but the simple truth is that you cannot force people to apply a method consistently, rigorously, or intelligently. No amount of adding onto the lesson will make people apply it properly, it merely offers them more things to misunderstand, ignore, and apply inconsistently.