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    [–] Reddit not covering the Sri Lanka bombings the same way it covered the New Zealand shootings is dirty politics. IngramBirdman 0 points ago in unpopularopinion

    Oh really? Well I have 100+ unread hate messages by right-wing incels who want my dog to die of lupus.

    Why this? Because this is a thinly veiled political post.

    You think going against this sub's circlejerk is a matter of gathering fake internet points?

    [–] Reddit not covering the Sri Lanka bombings the same way it covered the New Zealand shootings is dirty politics. IngramBirdman 3 points ago in unpopularopinion

    I believe you. But I think it's worth stating these things openly. Not everyone in the reactionary conservative thought-bubble drifted into it knowingly. A quick dose of reality can sometimes poop the party

    [–] Reddit not covering the Sri Lanka bombings the same way it covered the New Zealand shootings is dirty politics. IngramBirdman 3 points ago in unpopularopinion

    Add "in my opinion" to any of those statements, and they still aren't opinions.

    I'm gonna assume you're not stupid enough to believe what you posted, so... very funny, haha

    [–] Reddit not covering the Sri Lanka bombings the same way it covered the New Zealand shootings is dirty politics. IngramBirdman 0 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago) in unpopularopinion

    That's not even opinion. Again, an opinion is not a statement on how the world is, even according to your point of view. It's a statement of whether the world should be some way, or whether something is good or bad.

    "I think vaccines cause autism" and "vaccines probably cause autism, in my opinion"

    Are both not opinions.

    [–] Reddit not covering the Sri Lanka bombings the same way it covered the New Zealand shootings is dirty politics. IngramBirdman -2 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago) in unpopularopinion

    Even that isn't an opinion. It's literally a factual claim with no support.

    "I think these people are corrupt" is not an opinion, it's a personal belief, a dubious factual claim.

    An opinion is a value judgement, not a personally held factual belief (false or not). Go back to grade school.

    [–] Reddit not covering the Sri Lanka bombings the same way it covered the New Zealand shootings is dirty politics. IngramBirdman 3 points ago * (lasted edited 3 days ago) in unpopularopinion

    Online, I mostly see "leftists" pointing out the hypocrisy in previous treatment of non-Muslim terrorists (mass shooters with Christian/white supremacist bents), not equivocation. Sri Lanka had a history of Islamic terrorist violence. And right now there's a popular thread about it. Maybe you just missed it? Maybe this post assumes a LOT.

    Also, this isn't an opinion, it's an observation. Is this sub for unpopular thoughts or unpopular opinions?

    This should be confined to the politics superthread.

    Edit: yeah, the Sri Lanka thread is at the top of reddit and has, as of now, 44K upvotes. Stop demonizing political ideologies. Also, Islamist attacks aren't even confirmed yet.

    Y'all literally don't know the difference between an opinion and a factual claim.

    [–] Roy Moore weighs in on poll showing him leading GOP Senate race IngramBirdman 6 points ago in VoteBlue

    Only referring to him as Roy Moore might not jostle the memory. Roy Moore the Alabaman politician jostles the memory right quick. I know who that Roy Moore is.

    That Alabama had such a close 2018 race only made the coverage of him stick.

    [–] What are some dark secrets about grocery stores? IngramBirdman 3 points ago in AskReddit

    May as well buy bulk frozen berries. Unless you live near where berries are grown, or you need the texture of fresh berries, frozen often taste better, last longer, and may be cheaper and more nutritious.

    I hate little boxes of fresh berries. First, there aren't enough within a single box to justify sampling for ripeness, and if you buy a box, they've likely been picked before they 've become fragrant and sweet, so that they can survive the long truck trip.

    I would rather eat a ripe mulberry with bird shit on it than eat another bitter blackberry with a slight scent of mold.

    [–] Scientists fired from cancer centre after being accused of 'stealing research for China.' IngramBirdman 6 points ago in technology

    True for a medical condition like cancer. Though China isn't trying to do humanity any good. They're mostly doing it to get an upper hand to restore legitimacy to the centuries-old notion that China is the rightful center of civilization.

    [–] Why is economics so mathematical compared to other social sciences? Is the mathematical rigor really necessary? If so, why? IngramBirdman 4 points ago * (lasted edited 5 days ago) in AskEconomics

    The subfield of Quantitative Psychology, specifically, I'd assume.

    I have noticed that a lot of quant psych guys often know lots about behavioral economics and related fields.

    [–] Why is economics so mathematical compared to other social sciences? Is the mathematical rigor really necessary? If so, why? IngramBirdman 16 points ago in AskEconomics

    That makes much sense. Much of psychology happens in a black box. But much math is used to explain, for example, curiosity in rats, or their drive to seek out information about surroundings to maximize resource yield and minimize risk.

    Rats are simple enough to model mathematically, and we have much more leeway in how we control animal environments and experiences than we do human ones (ethics, ugh, I know).

    Math is used where it can be. I wager psychology has much less data to work with and manipulate matjematically. All of it is the work of academics and maybe a few huge advertising departments/agencies. Economists seem to have benefitted from the data-collecting of damn near everyone who manages money.

    [–] Bernie's Fox News town hall gave him his biggest day of media coverage since his campaign launch IngramBirdman 1 points ago in SandersForPresident

    I think I got it the first time, though I could've been more explicit about the intention of my reply to avoid confusion. I agree, we don't need to make the demographics commonly referenced in intersectional theory (race, gender, class) what ultimately define us.

    Caveat:

    When thinking of identities, you can describe some as subordinate and others as superordinate. I think, in order to kick the stool ot from beneath identity politics, you would first have to find a way to make most salient a superordinate identity that encompasses the vast majority of others (For example, we are all, in the end, americans/human).

    Identity is an inescapable psychological phenomenon. So long as we seek to comprehend who we are and where we fit in, we have to deal with identity and that always triggers very primitive tribal instincts. So we need to leverage identity to unite, not try to dismiss what can't be dismissed. That's why the dismissal of the concept of identity prompted me to explain what I did.

    There's a healthy way to consider identity in politics, but it's been made to seem as a means of division only, preventing us from intentionally crafting an overarching one.

    [–] Bernie's Fox News town hall gave him his biggest day of media coverage since his campaign launch IngramBirdman 0 points ago in SandersForPresident

    Think about how I said nothing about the candidates, please. In other words, take your own advice.

    I decontextualized to counter an idiotic idea that identity and intersectionality should be dismissed. Nothing more.

    [–] Bernie's Fox News town hall gave him his biggest day of media coverage since his campaign launch IngramBirdman 1 points ago in SandersForPresident

    If you look at the definitions used by researchers for terms like "intersectional" or "identity", they describe very observable and mundane psychological/sociological concepts that are indisputably not imaginary.

    What makes you different from others? What makes you the same? How do other people answer those two questions for you?

    If more than one adjective popped into your head and was ratified or shot down by others you associate with, you might consider what you're left with your identities or identity, aspects of which may or may not have overlap, intersect.

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    So they're not imaginary, really. BUT, it takes knowledge usually only gained through study of social sciences to understand why acknowledging identity is productive, not counterproductive.