I read a essay by Paul Graham recently that discussed the disagreement heirarchy. There was an interesting quote in it that said:
“Most intellectual dishonesty is unintentional. Someone arguing against the tone of something he disagrees with may believe he’s really saying something.”
I hope that is generally the case, but it still seems some so-called intellectuals ignore viewing the whole picture.
Not answering a question such as “When did you stop beating your wife?” is one thing, but the appropriate solution is to tell why the question is loaded, not to simply ignore it.
Intellectual honesty is more important than feeling good about what you believe.