According to psychology, we are all prone to overestimating the extent to which people are like us. Which, I suppose, is why I routinely overestimate my Facebook friends' ability to think rationally and critically.
Case in point: why do so many people think it makes sense to compare what happened to Otto Warmbier in North Korea... to the fate of a mentally ill, knife-wielding woman in Seattle?
Here at Facts Over Feelings, I encourage people to think with their minds, not their emotions. But that doesn't mean I'm perfect. I mindlessly let myself be convinced by various "End the R-Word" campaigns that I should stop saying the "r-word".
But then I read an Everyday Feminism article that convinced me that there is nothing wrong with saying "retard."
A $20.9 million Los Angeles home owned by LeBron James was vandalized Wednesday morning at 6:44 a.m. -- just one day before the first game of the NBA finals. The LAPD is investigating the incident as a hate crime and an official police report is expected later Wednesday.
Yes, this is an example of how racism is alive and well. BUT. I have a feeling that this incident will have a minimal impact on LeBron's performance tomorrow.
That's part of the reason why he's so incredibly successful.
But what would have happened if a similar, but much, much less severe incident happened on a college campus, and LeBron responded the way so many far left regressives do?
I woke up on Memorial Day weekend to some of the saddest news ever: two people were fatally stabbed after trying to intervene when a man was spewing "hate speech" Friday on a Portland, Oregon, train.
"Hate speech", "racism" and "white supremacy" are strange ways to talk about this and similar stories, which find their way to Youtube every few weeks when someone captures someone who is clearly deranged and agitated on camera. I'm not saying racism isn't dead. Bigotry is an inseparable part of this behavior. But it seems clear that these people are more mentally ill than they are racist -- which is why intervention is so dangerous.
5/25/2017 1 Comment
This week, Portland State University philosophy professor Dr. Peter Boghossian and mathematician Dr. James Lindsay collaborated to write and submit their hoax paper, “The Conceptual Penis as a Social Construct,” for publication in an academic journal.
This beautifully illustrated the point that academe routinely trades respectability for ideological crusades. So it's no wonder that Christina Hoff Sommers, "Factual Feminist" and author of One Nation Under Therapy: How the Helping Culture is Eroding Self-Reliance, was able to school "microaggressions scholar" Derald Wing Sue in a single, six-minute youtube video.
Every year, around the beginning of May, social justice warriors (SJWs) across the US begin sharing frantic videos about how it's "not okay" to celebrate Cinco de Mayo if you're white. Then they start throwing around words like "oppression" and "cultural appropriation."
Let's clear one thing up right away: there is no such thing as "cultural appropriation." There is only culture.
4/12/2017 6 Comments
World Nomads, an Australian travel insurance company, recently announced the winners of their 2017 Travel Writing Scholarship. Their prize includes free flights to Croatia; an exclusive travel-writing course under the mentorship of New York Times and Outside magazine contributor Tim Neville; $500 in travel apparel; and €1,000 to spend on their 10-day Europe trip.
It didn't take long for the social justice warriors to crawl out of the woodwork -- this time, complaining that the winner "all speak English."
1/6/2017 2 Comments
Harry Potter actress and noted feminist Emma Watson forgot to do her research after accepting the role of Belle in Disney's upcoming live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast. The media was awash in praise after Watson announced she wouldn't wear a corset in the movie... indicating that they didn't do their research, either.
Social Justice Warriors are crazy -- they might even be crazier than climate deniers. I mean, climate deniers are people who don't understand science. Social Justice Warriors outright reject anything that resembles logic or reason.
For example, their insistence that "equality of outcome" is the standard for justice -- when, really, it's the opposite of justice.