I'm not sure that last word is a word. What's that quote?a more logical response would have been to engage in constructive debate over the issues, and refine their ideas until they could stand against any discreditation.
“You cannot reason people out of a position that they did not reason themselves into.” ― Ben Goldacre, Bad Science
Perhaps improved by putting the word "easily" between the words "cannot" and "reason". (Hope springs etc.)
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