The only proof you can seem to give me
I offer you no proof. It seems to me that you are practicing a "hungry ghost" brand of skepticism which will never be satisfied, and which is based on the fear of being wrong. (I work in a field which requires this kind of reasoning, because the costs of being wrong are so high.)
If you come to this board looking for proof, you will walk away empty-handed. If you are coming looking for a watertight argument, you'll find nothing. (Though TechnoRob is giving it a really valiant effort in another thread.) What you will find are people sharing experiences, tips, and advice. It's up to the consumer of those experiences, tips, and advice to turn them into knowledge or discard them. If you find all of it illogical dogma, you are certainly welcome to that opinion
and are free to ignore it. I'll ignore or challenge your illogical dogma and baseless assumptions ("...no more than an intelligent hairless ape..." although we don't understand the consciousness of apes) as well.