Einstein is Overrated
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Einstein is overrated. He's overhyped in the media. "Was Einstein wrong?" as a headline in pop-sci publications induces mass hysteria for literally no reason. Why couldn't Einstein be wrong? He wasn't smarter than my high school math teachers. I should know, because I failed and dropped out multiples times, providing me with ample opportunity to judge these people first-hand. That makes me as smart as Einstein, at least according to stuff I read on the internet. Pigs can fly, and you must concede this in your first round or automatically forfeit the entire debate. I will argue that the theories of Special and General Relativity do not prove Einstein was a smarter theoretical physicist than his contemporaries. In support of this assertion I shall use both the content of the theories themselves as well as the circumstances surrounding their evolution.
By "contemporaries" I mean other theoretical physicisists famous enough to have their own Wikipedia articles.
My opponent's only task is to refute my arguments. If they like, they may present evidence of their own in favor of their position; namely, that Einstein's relativity theories do prove that Einstein was a genius compared to his contemporaries.
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