This pisses me off something fierce and makes me want to find the nearest woodchipper and copulate with it ASAP.
All too often I find myself in a debate with someone who almost appears too dumb to function. Someone whose brain has been pierced by a mountain of hyperchodes. A mind running on pure butterscotch and/or molasses.
When it comes to debates where I know what the hell I’m talking about, the opponent will bring up points and I’ll be able to refute them with counterclaims wrapped in evidence backed up by multiple, reputable sources. But these cuntwaffles don’t care: Once their claims have been exposed as inaccurate misconception or outright lunacy, they just ignore the point and move on. No further comment whatsoever. They’re just launching a volley of shit with their slingshot in hopes that something will stick eventually.
Not only do people choose to ignore counterclaims, but they tend to skew the truth just so they can win. What’s a little fact-finagling if it means your point becomes stronger? It’s disingenuous fucking bullshit, is what it is. It’s also a huge pain in the ass when your position gets mischaracterized because they attach all this extra baggage to your argument and make a huge-ass strawman because they’re too much of a pussy to stick to the goddamn issue. Holy shit now I want to punch someone in the mouth.
Next, some people just feel the need to repeat their retarded idea over and over again. Apparently if something’s wrong the first 12 times, it could be right the 13th. Appeal to authority/argument from ignorance is also equally infuriating.
I don’t understand why there’s this need to hold onto an argument no matter how drenched in fecalsplat it may be. If I make an argument and someone completely tears it apart, I don’t feel the need to keep digging my own grave. I stop, re-evaluate what I’m saying, take into account what the opponent is saying, do a quick verification of some facts, and concede the fucking point because I would rather hold a right view than a wrong one.
But no, in America we seem to live in this society where nobody backs down from their stance no matter what. Nobody really cares if they’re wrong as long as they “feel” it’s correct (which is usually done through obvious confirmation bias. Cover your ears and la-la-la away, jackass). There’s like this ridiculous social cost to backing down, and it’s so fucking stupid that I sometimes think it’d be less stressful to just stab myself in the duodenum.