1 observes that in India or many nations of the occident there is a fear of certain facts, i.e. quite reliable inferences based on reproducible observations, being "weaponized". The general reaction is to deny those facts by claiming them to be false or the exact opposite. This
At the same time people are quite comfortable believing relatively complex facts that they cannot easily verify like the earth going around the sun rather than the other way. However, they will put on airs deep understanding to attempt denial of the facts they deem weaponized
The Soviet Union did the same by force and several occidental nations are doing the same now: such denial can only be maintained by such. In contrast while the late Singaporean leader was called many names he decided to play along with with uncomfortable facts. The H really need
give this deeper thought rather than kneejerk reaction. Can denial or suppression of facts prevent their weaponization. Will acceptance of the opposite myth offer a defense against weaponization. Is the weapon really based on the fact or something else. Does countering the weapon
require an entirely different, even if harder, approach. Sometimes what looks like the expedient approach results in bad software that needs to be complete reimplemented from scratch. Not many among the vociferous sections of H seem to think about that.

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