Exactly the argument I attempted to make in the Star Trek XI forum last summer when you, me, and Greg Cox were debating the differences in the universes between William Shatner's Kirk, and Chris Pine's Kirk, only then, you didn't see what I was saying.
No, I just didn't agree that it works for that particular thing. In the movie, Spock Prime recognizes Kirk and Scotty on sight, which means that in universe
, they must look the same, regardless of how different the actors portraying them look to us.
There's no reason that we have to limit ourselves to using a single explanation/rationalization for everything
. Some things can be rationalized a certain way, but that rationalization may not work for a different thing. We need to be flexible, open to a variety of options.