I have learnt leaps and bounds in this one thread than in any other horological fora on the Internet.
Thank you all for your stimulating and thought provoking points and counter points. ThomasM's discussion on theory vs. reality was particularly interesting, especially when set within a horological context. I can certainly think of many other examples, particularly in the social sciences where theory is only used as a model to study a specific area of social behaviour. Assumptions are made. Models are constructed. Calculations are calculated. Observations are recorded. And behold, we have a special case to explain a small sliver of what we actually observe in reality under specific conditions or assumptions.
And of course, time travel is theoretically possible.
It is discussions like these, done in a gentlemanly fashion, that sets the purist apart. Again, I thank you all for helping me become a little wiser.