You can easily defeat a whole lot of bad thinking and dubious assertions by merely doing this: assume the dodgy contention is true and then ask yourself, “What would the world look like then?” If the world does not appear to lean that way then you can assume that what’s being propounded is likely not true. This method doesn’t always work but does at a much greater rate than other, much more complex ones.

Why more people don’t do this, I haven’t a clue as it works so fucking well. It makes you seem like a genius with only vole-level brainpower used.