Yeah, several of my closest friends assumed room temperature from lung cancer. One was a doctor, a gas-passer and respiratory specialist, who smoked like a coal fire power plant. After I stopped smoking 40 years ago I bugged him to stop right up to ten minutes before he expired. He was one of the few real geniuses that mixed medicine, music, humor, astronomy and telescope making, and was a pioneer in imaging. I guess my arguments against smoking were not convincing enough. Now they are all gone, but me. Why?
I never argue about religion and such, but interested in what people believe. I can justify hating back holes because no one will ever observe what makes them work, at least from inside one. That doesn't mean black hole science is wrong or will stop anyone from doing it. I like steady state because some of it fits what we observe. I love to study clouds on Mars, but will never go there to see them up close. Just assume those who taught me about them were not crazy.
I don't normally argue with those (the generic those) people on a day-to-day basis, but sometimes circumstances force my hand. As a geologist, I've been accused on a number of occasions of various irreligious and blasphemous beliefs, by those who believe that accepting evolution is evil, and teaching it to children should be criminal. I would have thought people like that were genuinely rare, but in my experience there are more than I would have expected.
Teaching falsehoods as fact, for whatever reason, however comforting those falsehoods may be, is with few exceptions ultimately dangerous and destructive to all of us. I say this as someone who enjoys mythology from many cultures, and finds it often poetic and beautiful. It can even be useful from the standpoint of finding perspectives and descriptive metaphors for solving problems. It often encompasses many deep truths. But it is not, itself, truth. It's art, and should be accepted as such. It's not analysis, and it's not fact.
We're facing tremendous challenges and dangers in this life, and mythology will not overcome them. Maybe it can help us be better people. More than likely not. But when taken as fact, it leads to denialism of actual facts, the neglect of potential solutions, and tribalism, prejudice, and bigotry instead of the ability to work together to resolve the issues that we all are faced with.
And yes, I'm thinking of several current examples of denialism of important facts and the neglect of existential threats, based on nothing more than mythological and tribal virtue-signalling.