For conspiracy theorists, the "missing" evidence of their credulous alternate reality is the same as proof!
For the crowd who can't abide millions of years of Earth history devoted entirely to biological killers . . .
what do you expect them to answer?
Intellectual honesty means you are WILLING TO BE WRONG when evidence goes against preferred beliefs.
Intellectual dishonesty means you are UNwilling to follow facts.
This requires deflection.
- Deflections used destructively serve a diversion tactic so that one’s own point of view remains unchallenged and unquestioned (by themselves, mainly)—and they are not conducive to understanding different points of view, which is necessary for developing empathy and improving relationships.
- When someone deflects, they lay a boundary then and there. That boundary makes it so that whatever you say or do will not get through to them. That boundary may be placed for protection, or from fear.