It came up in a few conversations that I’ve had this week. I can’t just let it pass without at least writing a few ideas about it.
I heard it in a presentation earlier this week, then I heard it in a conversation that I had today. In both cases, the conversation had to do with how some might base their worldview or perspective on well thought out, scholarly speculation. Sometimes there is just no way of knowing, and the best that we have is a guess – which is not necessarily a bad thing.
There is a certain amount of risk that one takes with speculation. As long as you are aware of those risks, you’ll know where you stand.