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A. Skousen

"Then we wind up with a 50/50 "balancing" of two points of view even though one has no basis in reality."

I'd be very cautious about making statements like this. It is too tempting to brush aside the ideas of others when they don't coincide with our own, but it is learning to seriously explore others' realities that will enable our species to coexist peacefully in the future.

WHY do people make the claims they do? Self-aggrandizement or sincerity? Can you turn that focus onto yourself? In seriously grappling with viewpoints different from my own, I came to realize that the large majority of people are as genuine and sincere as myself. I submit that most people come to their viewpoints in ways that appear largely rational to them, in much the same way that I like to think I come to my conclusions.

Could you say that the research you have conducted, examined, or passed along is sufficiently exhaustive to preclude the reasonable possibility of error or misunderstanding, thus obviating the need for further debate? I think that such a position would require more omniscience than pure science normally grants.

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