How Identity—Not Ignorance—Leads to Science Denial
This refers to the negative feelings that people experience when they feel their freedom is threatened in some way (for example, the government stating that they can’t shop, travel, or meet in large gathering as normal.)
If people find a belief or idea to be alarming, and even scary, that fear is a powerful motivator of denial.
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We live in a time when all scientific knowledge (the safety of fluoride, vaccines, climate change, moon landing, etc.) faces coordinated and vehement resistance.
Our existence is invaded by science and technology as never before. For many of us, this brings comfort and rewards, but this existence is also more complicated and sometimes agitated.
Our lives are full of real and imaginary risks, and distinguishing between them isn’t easy. We have to be able to decide what to believe and how to act on that.
“Science is not a body of facts. Science is a method for deciding whether what we choose to believe has a basis in the laws of nature or not.”
Relying on tech to “do it for you” can make us mentally lazy.
Research by University College London into the brains of trainee taxi drivers showed that those who...
Identity is mainly concerned with the question: “Who am I?” What does it mean to be who I am?
Identity relates to the values that guide the choices we make (relati...
Most of us just incorporate the values of our parents or the dominant cultures (for example, the pursuit of materialism, power, and appearance). This is risky, because these values may not feel authentic and can lead us to live an unfulfilling life.
Not having a consistent sense of identity will lead to uncertainty about what one wants to do in life. In contrast, people that live fulfilled lives stay true to their values and pursue meaningful goals.
You can be a teacher, a mother or friend. Each has its own sense and assumptions that are internalized as identity.
A major mission of self-development during early adolescence is the separation of different selves as a function of social context with an awareness of the potential contradictions.