My god this subject brings out the stupid in people.

Explains? Explains?? Explains what? That’s not an explanation, it’s a stupid and dogmatic assertion.

I’m pretty sure we all used to know that we don’t have to believe whatever people tell us about themselves, because some people lie sometimes.

That becomes all the more the case when what the people are telling us is patently not true. If someone says to me “I am a moose” I’m not required to believe it, not as a matter of good manners and certainly not as a matter of epistemology. A moose wouldn’t be able to say “I am a moose.” A moose doesn’t even know she’s a moose. We’re allowed to keep these things in mind, and form our beliefs accordingly.

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