I think you responded to the wrong person. I was the one advocating spitting out the seeds; it was Yoav Litvin who was tossing out the entire watermelon.
But, I agree with you. Vis a vis any writer, be that writer Caitlin Johnstone or even Yoav Litvin, or myself, no matter how much research is done, no matter how much time is spent in research, there will be flaws in any theory, work, study, or research; the demand for absolute perfection cannot be met; and if the standard is absolute perfection for their to be value…..well, may as well not bother to read (or write) anything at all.
Now, Mr. Litvin is taking the position that Caitlin is dishonest, based on “evidence” which I personally find rather circumstantial; and of course accousing another writer if dishonesty is almost always an opinion which cannot be proven or disproven, since you are shooting not at the actual elements of the person’s writing, but by the unspoken motivations behind them; and, further, it appears that anyone who disagrees with his position is “projecting.” :-) (Which of course immediately shuts down further discussion.)
So, your analogy of the “hermit” is apropos, I’d say.