Michael started a therapy thread to deal with the overload of passionate development our discipline current exhibits. While the straw on the camel's back in this case is the latest flurry of basic semantic arguments saturating the SIGIA list, I recognize it as something many of us experience now and then. The thread offers some good advice.
I think learning to be a consultant has taught me a method for dealing with overload from another perspective. Because I need to learn a lot about a business and new skills quickly, I've developed a sense for what I don't need to learn ahead of time. I have a sense of the scope of topics and what can be dealt with on a just-in-time basis. Then the question becomes whether I spend the extra time reading more or on the beach?