Often, they'll ask for proof and facts rather than follow baseless accusations, but even then, they'll usually humor the heroes and go check out their theories; whether it pans out or turns into a dead end depends on how far along the story is.
However, their openness to the heroes' ideas doesn't mean they'll follow Agent Mulder's crazy ideas blindly.
They are the chain of command that goes past the basic Command Roster.
The Rebellious Rebel is motivated by loyalty to him.
In philosophy, used to denote something that can be known from empirical experience. Used in mathematics and logic to denote something that is known or postulated before a proof has been carried out.
In philosophy, used to denote something that can be known without empirical experience.
From Psalm 72:8, "Et dominabitur a mari usque ad mare, et a flumine usque ad terminos terrae" (KJV: "He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth"). Based on observation (i.e., empirical knowledge), the reverse of a priori.
Not to be confused with a reductio ad absurdum, which is usually a valid logical argument.In law, refers to something being the case from the start or from the instant of the act, rather than from when the court declared it so.A judicial declaration of the invalidity of a marriage ab initio is a nullity. In other contexts, often refers to beginner or training courses. Fully aware that Machiavelli Was Wrong, he'll listen to those "crazy kids" when they say there's a fugitive nearby, and logically consider their arguments instead discarding them out of hand. This makes the existence of the Reasonable Authority Figure all the rarer.
I was beginning to think something much, much worse was happening. Heroes like the Ignored Expert have a hard enough time dealing with idiotic peasants, but their deepest problems invariably come from the antagonistic local authorities, who are dead set on ignoring their warnings and running them out of town because it's politically expedient.