I have seen a very odd argument from conspiracy theorists, gamers, paleo dieters, etc. It goes, “Sure there is a lot of bullshit in game/the paleo diet/conspiracy theory, but you have separate the bullshit from the truth”. I ask, “why is this my job?” Why did the gamers, paleo dieters, & conspiracy theorists let their communities get so out of hand? Why don’t they get rid of the bullshit from their communities instead of telling me I have to search through it?
When you’re trying to convince someone of some idea, it helps to be as clear and concise as possible. The last thing you want is extraneous rubbish particularly insane extraneous rubbish. This is doubly true for weird and unusual ideas because you already have an uphill battle in trying to convince people of weird and unusual ideas. Since it’s obvious that gamers, paleo dieters, & conspiracy theorists should want their ideas to be accepted, then they should be working on separating the truth and the bullshit from each other. However, they do the opposite demanding that I separate the bullshit from whatever truth they think is there. If this was anything else such as demand would obviously be absurd.
What’s really going on here? In reality, there is nothing bout game, the paleo diet or conspiracy theory, that’s correct. If there was, then the believers in those things would have gotten rid of all of the bullshit long before I was around instead of demanding that I do it. It’s effectively an admission that game, the paleo diet, and conspiracy theory are completely wrong, and that the believers in those things are either mentally unbalanced, liars, and/or con artists.