If you drank quicker, your beer would not go stale.
>>reproducing the result consistently.
Partially. shows achievement not dumb luck in the sense that if someone answered ' to predict the future' and a definate event was forecast, and it did happen. So what if we can't do it again. Or someone on acid figuring out cold fusion, only to forget it when they come down. Talking to god in a dream, or having been revived from clinical death to talk about the afterlife ain't no thang but some jive talkin.
>>the path that oft leads one to finding the answer carries with it the proofs that allow one to get to the answer at all.
Totally. That's how you get an answer.
The point of proof is simply that the answer should be scientific, as opposed to mythical. "Show me the path to inner peace" or "Improve the flow of chi through this building" may be wonderfully interesting to some people, but not I.