On the planet Crutopia, Smith claims that yellow-horned Crutopians are intellectually and morally inferior to green-horned Crutopians. In your opinion, we:

  1. Should run a scientific study to determine whether this is true or not.
  2. Should not run such a study, because Smith’s notion is so obviously fantastic, preposterous, and unbelievable as to be self-evidently false.
  3. Should not run such a study, because, even if Smith is proven to be correct, these findings might damage the yellow-horned Crutopians’ self-esteem, whereas we should treat them as if they were equal to the green-horned Crutopians in every respect. This speculative endeavor is pointless, because nothing practical ought to depend on it.


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