god your an idiot, what did i say, now what did you think i said lol
You'll get this kind of misunderstanding anytime you discuss higher concepts. People feel content to view the world through the constructs they've been given. When you discuss things beyond the comprehension of this construct, they resort to belaboring the basic understanding that they feel comfortable with.
It is much easier to be condescending and reply "magnets either repel or attract...we learned that in 8th grade" than it is to go to look deeper into the root of magnetic action by asking "fucking magnets, how do they work?"
You can tell them that things like "magnets do no work" (so how can they move things?), but they will continue to resort to what's comfortable--the rudimentary explanation that was the mental sedation of their youth.