This thread brought up a familiar scenario. I found it pretty troubling, mainly since no one else in the thread seemed to have a problem with it.
The OP’s friends are promoting a theory, with facts to back it up. The OP, knowing that they are wrong, looks around for facts “to show them the error of their ways.”
When he is unable to find facts to disprove their claims, he is overwhelmed. “I KNOW what they are saying is false but I didn’t know how to undeniably disprove their claims.” They continue to provide more evidence to their position, and he is gives up, finally accepting not that they are correct, but that he will be unable to convince them. “I feel like I failed in fighting ignorance,” he says.
Does anyone else see the problem here?
If they can prove something and you can’t, aren’t they right?
Is it ever OK to assume a fact and look for evidence to prove it? Even if the other side is promoting a seemingly wacky, fringe scenario? In being unable to find such evidence, is it ever OK to still think you’re right?
Disclaimer: I’m not a conspiracy theorist, I never watched any of those movies and I’m not a troll, I just want to discuss the validity of assuming someone’s wrong because their ideas are strange, even in the absence of evidence that they are wrong.