If we are to only talk about "current peer-review literature" we would be failing at the number one goal of science: Curiosity. We must try and look at things differently or be doomed to make the mistakes of the past.
I understand that knowledge of current ideas is important... but to formulate your own
ideas is a far greater prerogative.
As my best friend always says (with the enthusiasm of an evangelical preacher):
"Knowledge hinders; Liberates. Knowing something only gives you foresight. Knowing when
to know and when not
to know is Wisdom."
The reason I relate this is that right now, in the original context of Alan's proposition, we don't need to know the main-stream ideas. All we need to know is what we
believe and think. We need to toy with the standards of thought to conclude this conversation.
P.S. Alan, I love your "Super Universe" idea... Why not call it the "Superverse"? ;-)