Definitely is a case of someone reading a bunch of isolated science and then rationalizing about the source of their past failure.
It's not about facts and information only. It's about experience and background.
Using the image of a house of cards is a very good way of illustrating belief systems. In this case removing one underpinning belief (a card) destroys the whole belief system (the house) and the person's training rationale collapses.
But it hit me right off the bat that you could extend the analogy which is ever so the mark of a good one!
I am a little bit familiar with the case at hand. This is a person who has not only ignored the 'grandaddy laws' of training; he seems to be unaware of them. There is not one iota of foundation in the basic laws of adaptation going on there. There is no foundation. A bunch of "fact" without foundation? That's a house of cards, isn't it. As I've stated before we live in age of unlimited information with limited background.
The way information is presented to us, we are taught to consider the details before we consider the big picture. This is like walking into a forest for the first time and immediately pulling out your field guide to try and learn the name of each and every individual tree in the forest. You spend all your time studying the bark and the leaves and before you notice you've wandered around and got yourself good and lost.
All these terms "time under tension", "fatigue", "force", "effort" are just terms, nothing more. You can be a very effective trainer and trainee without every having the lingo or the scientific depth to want to use such lingo. OR you can have the foundation and experience to be a good trainer or trainee and then learn why that works the way it does, using science, which will further extend you understanding and creativity.