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