I think that the point is well taken that one could certainly overanalyze everything and get too caught up in the details to see the big picture - after a certain point we get to the "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin" scenario..... Or maybe in this case it might be "How many snow crystals can contact the razor edge of a ski, taking into account the coefficient of friction and the actual number of water molecules contained therein on an average length run at an ambient temperature of 273 degrees Kelvin?"
On the other hand, as a new skier, I have found all but the most esoteric discussions tremendously helpful. While I may not understand all of it at this point, I still feel like I have gone from "zero to sixty" in the space of four months. Just picking up the terminology, some do's and don'ts, and the "rules of the road" has done me alot of good, and has certainly improved my skiing experience far beyond what it would have been had I not started reading this site.
So Rock on ladies and gents!
Oh, and regarding gonads.... it's not so much the possession of gonads, as the brain to gonad size ratio that counts