This perennial question seems to arise from the supposition that one could formulate a Procedure so simple that any dope could do it.

Why would we assume this? The Guide to the Techs notes that, of course, rank-and-file citizens lack the education and insight to execute the scientific methods behind a Procedure properly. Why should we presume that this is stuff that any random grad student or bystander could understand, much less operate? There are rules for hypertech objects which are simple enough that a Genius is not required to operate them, and the process of their creation is...