But a society which demands credentials of any sort which are to be validated by itself is a society which is by definition closed. Eventually such a society demands closure by force, and at this point we enter not a trial of intellect but a trial of force.
The coming era of political violence
Brendan Markey-Towler

That’s what Plato showed the world based on his practical implementation (and official rejection) of sophistry. This is what we suffer from in political and scientific discourse when it becomes personal, emotional, partial and even authotarian-dictatorial defending one’s own dearest hypotheses instead of throwing them every morning overboard and putting them to the test.