; Jin WeJun] Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geol & Geophys, Beijing 100029, Peoples R China
; [Pan GuoQiang] Nanjing Univ, Dept Earth Sci, Nanjing 210093, Peoples R China
; [Li ChengDong] Tianjin Inst Geol & Mineral Resources, Tianjin 300170, Peoples R China
; [Jia XiuQin] Chinese Acad Sci, Inst High Energy Phys, Beijing 100039, Peoples R China
Based on the discussions for the four footstones of granite study (magma mixing, fractional crystallization, tectonic environment and Source of magma), three major misunderstanding aspects in the granite research are discussed in this paper: (1) improperly imitate the theory for the study of basalts and neglect the complexity of granite; (2) inappropriately interpret the origin of continental granites with the theory of the plate tectonics, which successfully explains the magmatism associated with the plate boundary, but cannot resolve the continental geology problems; (3) Overrate geochemical study of granite but ignore the basic geological background. The authors point out that the application of geochemistry in the research of granite should be restricted. The three major misunderstanding aspects resulted from insufficient study on geological background, superficial understanding for the plate tectonics theory and under-evaluation of the complexity of granites. Moreover, this article criticizes the slavish thought in academia and indicates that it makes a huge obstacle to innovative thinking, which is urgent to be solved at present.