Science doesn t care about your feelings

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Why You Shouldn't Trust Your Feelings

Actually, facts do care about your feelings

It is time for a wake up call, not only for SJWs, but for everyone on the political left and everyone with thin skin when it comes to things like science and observable evidence. That wake up call is this: Facts do not, never have, and never will, care about your feelings. The thing about facts is that they are unbiased. Facts are based on undeniable things like science and observable evidence. This means that they cannot be biased toward one side or another and still be a fact. This needs to be clarified because what happens today is that someone on the left, and occasionally this happens on the right as well, is presented with a fact that disagrees with them, that fact gets a little asterisk by it.

When Ben Shapiro first popularized the phrase , he did so in the context of a college culture gone mad. He was pushing back against the rise of safe spaces, trigger warnings, and microaggressions emerging across college campuses. But what happens when things get more complex? When questions get more complex, feelings tend to shape how we navigate an unclear topic. Let me give you an example topic that encapsulates the complexities of science: What is the role of racial bias in police shootings? A conservative friend might start with the fact that black citizens disproportionately commit crime at higher rates than white citizens. A whole lot of people stop there — they conclude that this datapoint alone solves the issue.

In the midst of our turbulent political and cultural moment there endures an intellectual sub-culture that refuses to be dislodged by the relativism prevalent on the Left and the Right. This is a space that includes organisations like the Heterodox Academy and the cluster of academics and public thinkers now known as the Intellectual Dark Web. One of the brightest stars in this constellation is the conservative pundit Ben Shapiro—a gifted polemicist who has debated his way to prominence in American politics. With a podcast that reaches millions and a reputation for being as willing to criticize conservatives as he is to engage conventionally liberal thinkers in far-reaching conversations, Shapiro has given a face to popular conservatism that is strikingly more empirical and intellectually honest than that offered by the likes of Candace Owens, Steven Crowder, and Tomi Lahren. The idea that undisciplined emotions distort the process of reason is an ancient one. Shapiro, therefore, has taken to intoning his admonition about facts and feelings repeatedly.

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The authors do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment. Can science make sense of anti-science and post-truthism? Scientists have developed many theories to describe how people process and think about information. For example, one popular theory suggests that if we just communicate more accurate information to people, their behavior will change accordingly. Another suggests that people will reject evidence if it threatens their deeply held cultural worldviews and associated feelings. Many of these models contribute valuable insights and can help us design better communication, but each on its own is incomplete. And science communicators have a tendency to oversimplify, focusing on a single model and disregarding other theories.

Chief among these antiscientific sentiments, the IDW cites the rising visibility of transgender civil rights demands. Though often dismissed as just a fringe internet movement, they espouse unscientific claims that have infected our politics and culture. The real world consequences are stacking up: the trans military ban , bathroom bills , and removal of workplace and medical discrimination protections, a percent suicide attempt rate and targeted fatal violence. Contrary to popular belief, scientific research helps us better understand the unique and real transgender experience. Specifically, through three subjects: 1 genetics, 2 neurobiology and 3 endocrinology. So, hold onto your parts, whatever they may be.

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