Episodically since I have been reading here, Jack is wont to withdraw periodically from posting for weeks or months. Sometimes it seems to be a snit, sometimes poor health, sometimes perhaps sheer frustration at the impervious ignorance of the latest flock of cooing accolytes. I fear that we approach another such hiatus. This appeared two days ago, two days constituting ominous silence given Jack's prodigious loquacity: "At this point it is best for me to kind of retire from most threads..." So I thought to do a retrospective of sorts, since I have been a vocal critic (yes, yes, I know I am an asshole, no one needs reminding). Like Jack, I tend to repeat myself infuriatingly, so by now most of you, even Jack, know the many meanings of the word "heuristic". I assert that the principal value of SCT is that the study of it is heuristic, in all senses of the word. My critics will say, as Jack has on unccountable occasions, that I am too dense and too characterologically flawed to "get it". Perhaps. Hell, probably. But I will share with you in this thread, if it survives the nonce, what I did "get" from it. You can well imagine that those learnings were all unintended consequences from Jack's viewpoint. I respectfully request of the B-Team that they keep the accustomed feces flinging to a minimum until I can make my points, after which I expect them to send the thread straight to Gehenna.