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Truth does not do as much good in the world as the semblance of truth does evil.
Duc de La Rochefoucauld
Truth provokes those whom it does not convert.
Bishop Thomas Wilson
"I know that most men, including those at ease with problems of the greatest complexity, can seldom accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabric of their lives." Tolstoy
"All great truths begin as blasphemies." George Bernard Shaw, Irish playwright and critic (1856-1950)
"We are anxious when there is a dissonance between our "knowledge" and the perceivable facts. Since our "knowledge" is not to be doubted or questioned, it is the facts that have to be altered." Nathaniel Branden
"All living souls welcome whatever they are ready to cope with; all else they ignore, or pronounce to be monstrous and wrong, or deny to be possible." George Santayana
"Nothing as mundane as mere evidence can be allowed to threaten a vision so deeply satisfying." Thomas Sowell
"Whenever masses of people, especially educated people, know something - and when what they know is something they greatly fear because they believe it affects virtually everything they do or want to do - then most likely we stand in the presence of a vast falsehood." Thomas Szasz
"The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively not by the false appearance of things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice." Schopenhauer
"Great thinkers have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds" Albert Einstein
"New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common." John Locke
"There are some people that if they don't know, you can't tell 'em." Louis Armstrong
"If we watch ourselves honestly we shall often find that we have begun to argue against a new idea even before it has been completely stated." Wilfred Trotter
"Genius in truth means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way" William James
This rationality should be unanimous, however, this is currently opined as "crazy talk"? People possessing this basic common sense are called "conspiracy theorists", "wackos", "nut jobs", and my favorite "TRUTHERS"? How can wanting the truth be a condemnable offense? And why would people support prohibiting it? When did public opinion decide this was acceptable?
The bottom line is, to debunk something you must explain every aspect of it completely. Naturally, these controversies will attract things that are fictitious. Every story will inevitably compile untrue aspects to it. The more it's told the more BS becomes attached to it, it's unavoidable. It's certainly not logical to discredit something due to the rumors surrounding it. Anything else is what should be considered crazy talk?