Help! What Does This Mean?

This is Aristotle. I’ve been puzzling over the last clause for about a week now. I can’t figure it out. I suspect it’s not particularly difficult, but I’m a little baffled.

Although these opinions [those of Parmenides] appear to follow logically in a dialectical discussion, yet to believe them seems next door to madness when one considers the facts. For indeed no lunatic seems to be so far out of his senses as to suppose that fire and ice are "one": it is only between what is right and what seems right from habit that some people are mad enough to see no difference.

Is he just flagging up that he doesn’t think much of a naive empiricism? But if so, how does that relate to the fire and ice bit?

Any ideas or advice gratefully and humbly accepted!

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