USPol, Liberals 

AM I allowed to critique Biden and Harris' lengthy record on trans rights and minority rights? Yes? No? It's been almost 24 hours since they got sworn in. I just wanna highlight that they have had many many years to get on the right side of history and still drag their feet. Can we address how Biden called the protestors in BLM "Anarchists" and demanded they face consequences for their actions? Is it time yet? I assume you won't let me try to push them left so maybe start here?

it's a good thing I'm not in philosophy cause boy would I be 10x more annoying than I already am

uspol, racism 

I once again here to say - KH has done shit things. Biden has also done shit things. Many cabinet members also have mixed records.

You can talk about a person's record of action without being racist and sexist.

That should, in fact, be what you do all the time.

USPol, Serious 

In case anyone is likely to forget, Biden will do 98% of everything Trump did. There will be no systemic change, no significant change of any kind, he's just better window dressing. Our house is still burning down, we still need to use water instead of a different kind of fire to end the crises we face. Biden won't end the cages, he won't end police brutality, he will pay more lip service to them while ignoring them like essentially every president we've had.

USPOL, Jokes 

I just wanna let everyone in the US know they should dress warm today for the inauguration- I've been informed it's going to be -45.

Imposter syndrome 

Watch out it's

Imposter syndrome while talking to friends who are at more prestigious universities than me time

Work, School, Tired 

I'm so excited to be back to tutoring today, and gearing up for my MS

School, Good news! 

I got accepted into my grad program, huzzah!

Psychology Thought - Social Justice 

5/5 never get challenged because neither side looks to challenge them. They simple fact that they exist as *assumptions* and not *facts* is a threat the full foundation of a persons thought and thus they attempt to negate without cause any threat to that basis. Why are we so afraid? Why is fear of changing our underlying worldview so terrifying, even when it could yield far more positive results than we can conceive of? Discussion encouraged.

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Psychology Thought - Social Justice 

4/X bad by necessity, but you have to aware of when and why you are using it. I think that despite the obsession many people have with "critical thought" and "logical reasoning" they don't do it when it would challenge their fundamental assumptions about the categories that do, can, and should exist. To address fundamental assumptions is incredibly difficult because in common parlance they are more or less invisible. In debates with like people many assumptions

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Psychology Thought - Social Justice 

3/X about. You can tell people that when you account for context police are far more lethal to certain groups over others, but that doesn't matter if you label it with common political labels. The idea is overshadowed by the label it's associated with. I think this plays into our human want to categorize and organize, while we can acknowledge the risks of broad categorization, we too often use it to save time and mental effort. Not to say that saving time is

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Psychology Thought - Social Justice 

2/X thing because "Medicare" is equated with "big ineffective governance" despite the fact any modicum of research will demonstrate the opposite. If you explain why federal single-payer works by getting everyone together so companies can't separate people into groups to cheat the law and make prices go up, people will instinctively agree to saving money by collectivizing healthcare costs. Why is the label more important than the idea? This is what I thought

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Psychology Thought - Social Justice 

1/X I'm sure that there are a million ways to approach this issue, but someone made a point in something I was listening to today about how we phrase our responses to issues and nature of judgement by label rather than any kind of critical thought about it. For example, there is a the idea of "Federal Single-Payer" or as it's known, "Medicare for all" which is a case of this for one reason, in certain political groups medicare is treated as a shameful, horrid

If I can't fix your problem I sure as hell can make some new ones

USPol, COVID, meme, Halo 

I got sent this and I'm laughing

Psychology Thought of the Day 

by rote. Any decision arrived at logically will not be persuaded by anything except the same logic that arrived there. And if that logic arrives there, it is not going to arrive elsewhere. You need both desperately to create any kind of coherent worldview that is consistent and with exception for human diversity. Emotions tell us how we feel or others feel, logic tells us what we can do to help those feelings. They are mutually beneficial when balanced.7/7

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Psychology Thought of the Day 

I think what gets me most is that people who argue from a place of some kind of intellectual or moral authority don't recognize the value of emotionality. Being a purely logical person is bad for the same reason that being purely emotional is bad. It blinds you to the full human experience. If you disconnect emotions from politics, how do you expect to ever change views? If you somehow managed to arrive at a perfectly logical political opine, it can't change 6/x

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Psychology Thought of the Day 

of sources and causes of depression allows me to cure myself. This is flawed because it misses the point that I would be fighting myself. I often tell people that I still need help because I can't convince myself of something I don't believe, because I don't believe it ergo how could someone who doesn't believe convince someone else who doesn't believe to believe. You can know that something occurs and still fall victim to it. It's not weakness, it's life. 5/x

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Psychology Thought of the Day 

Now, if these are your opinions that's fine. You're wrong, but you are allowed to be wrong. But don't parade this as truth, don't parade this as something it isn't. In-groups and out-groups are everywhere and people treat them in similar ways. This is expected, but do not under any circumstance assume you are immune. This is something people ask me a lot in other contexts "If you're so good at psychology why are you still depressed?" As if my own awareness 4/x

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while a black person who is poor is lazy or didn't work hard enough. The frame shift here is clear, one is a victim, helplessly adrift in a sea of masses, the other is an individual who simply failed on merit. Then the opposite: black protestors are all violent thugs who want to extort the government. White people brandishing guns promoting white supremacy are "a few bad apples" (Which, as the saying goes, spoils the bunch). You cannot logically do this both ways 3/x

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