Originally Posted by anetode
They're not beliefs, not in the static sense anyway. Knowledge is more of an acceptance of facts that are supported by cogent theory and repeated testing. Forgive the preachy semantic argument, it's just that your rhetorical question treads into epistemology.
The concept of synergy holds more water as a metaphor than as a real occurence. Taking your F1 example, maintenance crews must follow a reductionist pattern to focus on troublesome components if they are to effectively budget time in pit stops. That's where the synergy becomes an illusion - critical failure of any one component will not be overcome by cumulative bonuses imparted by others. Likewise, superb performance can be traced down to quantifiable markers like traction. This pattern is the same with any technology: if you know what you're looking for, you don't have to pray at the altar of synergy.
I just put you on a mental list of posters at Head-Fi who's writing I will actually put effort into seeking out. This is the first audio site I have waded into that is dominated, membership wise, by young, relatively inexperienced listeners who do not yet have the ability to separate opinion from reality. While there is nothing wrong with that, I will only live so long and information is not knowledge, and knowledge is not wisdom. I am used to discussing these issues with very experienced designers, professional sound people and long time (decades long) listeners, so this is new territory for me.
I am learning to avoid being sucked into pissing contests with ignorant posters by not dignifying the worst of them with further responses. If anyone has a better method I am all ears. (Remember, ignorant means not knowing something; being stupid does not have to enter into it, so experience can be useful in the real world - or on a forum.)
I figure that when someone proves they know nothing about even basic acoustics and likes to argue, I'll just shut up at that point. If you want an example search one inch subwoofer.
By the way, don't get me wrong. The best source of knowledge I have found here is twenty-six years old. The worst argumentative loudmouth was also about that age.