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Re: HMS Bounty in trouble...

Originally Posted by jameswilson29 View Post
Part of the beauty of Sailnet is the truth that emerges from a heated discussion....Personally, I have learned quite a bit from this discussion and we may have actually saved some lives here...
Do not confuse "truth" with "consensus." The latter can emerge from heated speculation and discussion of hypotheticals. The former can only emerge from a formal investigation of the real facts.

I'm not trying to stifle discussion. Debating hypotheticals ("if he did X in response to Y then that was the wrong decision because he should have done Z") can be a helpful teaching opportunity and can save lives. But it does not lead to the real truth about what actually happened.

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