emotion and opinion do not influence truth in the hard sciences
whoaaaa hold up. this isn’t true at all. “scientific truth” (and the notion that it is always objective and uninfluenced by status quo beliefs) has been used throughout history to justify racism, sexism, and other forms of oppression…
And there’s a difference between “what the evidence suggests” and “what we do with the evidence”.
After all, the thing we call “science” is a collection of mental models that, yes, tries to reflect how the universe works as closely as humanly possible. The problem with that? Is that it’s a collection of mental models that run in human brains.
Run through a series of experiments that exploit gaps in human perception — the one with the basketballers is famous, as is the one about the human faces is also worth a look — and you’ll get the idea that your perception of reality is false.
“But those are cognitive illusions,” I hear some of you say. “I know my emotions and opinions; they don’t get in the way of science.”
But that’s beside the point: the reasons why I showed you those experiments was because those effects persist, even when you know those things happen. Your reality is constructed — never, for a minute, were you a perfect observer of objective reality. And if you can’t be right about even the most basic things — like, say, the existence of a person in a gorilla suit — what makes you think you’d be able to easily recognise your privilege, which is invisible to you, and is affirmed on a day-to-day, moment-to-moment basis?