Agreed. We (in the collective sense) may also be approaching the topic from a couple angles and missing each other a bit. I look at music theory as a sort of music archeology or autopsy. It allows us to examine what has occurred and figure out how to either recreate it, build on it, or discard it. I personally find my solos getting overly technical and lacking in grit and emotion when I let theory knowledge influence my improvisation, at least on a rational level. I think though there is a real use to hearing something on a recording and using a knowledge of theory to integrate it into your playing… in the practice room. Once you are on stage your ears are your guide.