"So you see," said Truther Dave, "all these things they’ve told you are wrong. There’s no such thing as quantum particles, the concept is nonsensical. Particles are tiny bits of matter, and matter has mass, but gluons and photons don’t have mass, so they can’t be particles.”
The Rigelian shivered. “The particle was described to us as quantum particles. We know not the word otherwise. If the particle has a mass, and the photon has no mass, you say this is etymological proof of falsehood.”
"Exactly," Truther Dave smiled. "So if you’ll just sign this petition to stop them teaching -"
"A question I have," said the Rigelian. "We have been taught the photo is also a wave. A duality of wave and particle. Is this half of the truth?"
"You can’t have half a truth," replied Truther Dave. "Something is either true, or it is a lie. Photons aren’t a wave either, since waves have to pass through a medium. This is the nonfactual things they are teaching!"
The Rigelian looked down at its memory-pad, which had words and pictures scrolling across the screen rapidly. It suddenly stopped. “This duality of wave and particle,” it said, looking up. “It is then a metaphor? A way of describing it to help people better understand its properties?”
"Metaphors Are Lies," intoned Truther Dave. "Anything that is not literally and factually correct is a lie, and referring to it by another word is simply hiding the lie. If you learn something from a lie, you learn a lie. To lie is bad.” The missionary was speaking slowly now, condescendingly. “To lie tricks people into thinking incorrectly about reality. This is the worst of all possible actions.”
"It is worse than the taking of a life?"
"Life Is A Lie," recited Truther Dave. "When considered via the laws of physics what we call living things are no different from what we call inanimate objects."
"Then, why do we die?"
"We don’t, die," emphasised Truther Dave. "If life if a lie, then so is death.”
"Yet, living things behave in a manner different to inanimate things," said the Rigelian. "We move. We plan. We think."
"No," Truther Dave shook his head slightly, as at a recalcitrant child. "You don’t think.Consciousness is an illusion, and illusions are lies. And lies, remember, are bad.”
"Illusion." The Rigelian pondered this. "An illusion is something that tricks us into thinking it is one thing, when it is another."
"Yes! Yes!" Excitement flooded Truther Dave’s face. He was finally getting somewhere.
"If our consciousness is a lie, if it exists not, then what is being fooled by the illusion?"
"You’re not listening to me,” said Truther Dave. “Nothing is being fooled. The illusion foolsitself, but the illusion doesn’t exist because it is a lie.”
The Rigelian shivered violently, and then said: “We are having difficulty with the understanding of the syntax of that sentence.”
Truther Dave sighed. Another intellectual lightweight, another lost cause. “Look, you agree that lying is bad, right? So can you sign the petition?”
The Rigelian took the board and scanned the statement. Its hand hovered above the paper, the pen not making contact. “Here it says a demand you have is that teachers stop telling students to think.”
"That is one of our demands."
"Because consciousness is a lie, so it follows that thought is also a lie. We do not think, and telling children we do is lying to them, giving them an inaccurate idea of reality.”
The Rigelian shivered again. “We are beginning to agree that you do not think,” it said, making it one of the few of its species to utter an insult. “We are not signing this.”
"You don’t have to agree with everything," began Truther Dave, but was interrupted.
"That was a statement of factual accuracy," said the Rigelian. "We are not signing this petition."
It rose and walked away.
Truther Dave almost felt discouraged, before he remembered that discouragement can only happen to something with consciousness, which of course was nothing. His eyes scanned the street, and he saw a human leaving a bar, weaving with intoxication. Truther Dave adjusted his robes and strode over.
"Greetings! Do you lie?"