How excitement about TRIZ and belief in its power affects its application

After coming across the term of "The Ideal Final Solution" in TRIZ Journal in 2000 (?), I wrote to its Editor, Ellen Domb, that this term was an incorrect translation of the corresponding Russian term, and that the meaning of the term was lost in the translation, and that to reflect its meaning correctly the term should be translated as "The Ultimate Ideal Solution". Ellen Domb published my message but replied that in her opinion "The Ideal Final Result" was a translation good enough.

This publication (not archived by TRIZ Journal though) had an unexpected outcome. I received an e-mail from Iuori Belski in Australia saying that he agrees with my translation. Our correspondence ensued and he shared a story of how he once solved a problem, which he could not solve for long time, after learning the TRIZ concept of the ideal result.

I did not recognize the application of the method of ideal solution in Iouri Belski's description of how he solved the problem and expressed the opinion that he solved it because he got too excited about the idea of ideal solution, when he just learned it. I went on to saying that excitement (and belief in a method's power) works like a doping. It only seems that the method is applied and works, whereas the doping of excitement and belief is working. That is why after the fact it is impossible to convincingly and clearly explain to others how the method was actually used.

There are things which work regardless of our belief in them. But there also are things that only work (or have a better chance to work) if we believe in them.

Earth circles the Sun regardless of our belief in it. Machines also work or fail regardless of our beliefs in their ability to work. Methods of calculations also work or fail regardless of beliefs in them by those who apply them. But it is not the same for fuzzy methods, which application flow depends on such human factors as knowledge, experience, skills but also imagination, state of mind, excitement, spirit and belief in them by the applicant.

This journal was set up to counter the crooked TRIZ merchants. But they seem to not suffer from it at all. Instead from time to time I receive letters saying that the Journal destroyed the correspondent's belief in TRIZ. It is only possible to guess how many inventions and discoveries have not happened because of that. I am sincerely sorry about all this.