How do you respond? Why?
How would you like to respond? Why?
If "it depends" what does it depend on?
The context I am thinking of is either in a public forum, or a conversational setting where someone is purporting to inform others of the truth.
I have, in the past, responded saying "that's ridiculous" or something equivalent to it. I realize that this is not the best response.
Often, I ask questions to clarify what the other person was saying, so that my own conception can (hopefully) be adjusted to something more reasonable. This too seems like an inadequate response, because more often than not, I still continue to find their conception of facts ridiculous.
I have considered letting things be, and have, let it be, at times. This feels like I am letting them continue to delude themselves and continue to misinform others. I could pick topics (global warming, the value of vaccination, co-opting scientific notions to reach ridiculous conclusions, ...), but I am sure more than a handful of the people on the forum have been frustrated by similar situations.
I am trying to formulate a new set of better habits, which of course would mean finding out what to do in these situations.
Edit: I made a test topic which may or may not be an interesting thread in itself:
Transgressing the Boundaries