Believe It. Or Not.

We have a big problem with science.

The very trust in mere facts seems to have eroded; we do not dare to know, we dare to believe and tell everyone who challenges our beliefs to f* off.

It’s natural that we would do so.

Threatening something that we believe in threatens a part of our identity. We interpret that the same way we interpret a threat to our physical well-being.

(So much for “Sticks and stones”…)

The big problem: When something *is* a fact, it does not matter whether you believe it or not.

It still is.

Some relevant research, though you may not want to believe it:

Social Identity Threat Motivates Science-Discrediting Online Comments

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