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[–] Yozakura 24 points (+24|-0) Edited

Exactly. I was hoping someone would mention that second point when I started reading this thread.

It really shows the ignorance of the person tweeting to write that male seahorses can get pregnant. That's like saying a guy carrying a baby in one of those baby sling pouches is "pregnant".

[–] questioningtw 20 points (+20|-0)

I actually blame pop science articles. Instead of being accurate, they focus on clickbate titles and sensationalized articles. Hence why you are seeing idiocracy level shit like estrogen can cause periods in males and men get pregnant too!

[–] DebraKadabra 16 points (+16|-0)

I really need to be more mindful about collecting these - I teach science and it would be great to do a deep-dive into misleading headlines. Maybe not about the whole gender thing so I can keep my damn job, but at least for a myriad of other different things.

Hell, why not with the seahorses though? Doesn't have to be about gender, just about what it means to be pregnant. Would be a great chance to talk about the difference between viviparous/ovoviviparous/oviparous.

[–] questioningtw 4 points (+4|-0)

I think that is a great idea! A lot of headlines. on a full aray of subjects are totally sensationalized and may even be different then the actual story. I remember seeing an article once that said scientists say that having a dark sense of humor could be a sign of dementia. Sounds pretty scary right? Does laughing at morbid humor mean your brain is deteriorating? Nope. If you read the article you would find that it is actually laughing at innappropriate times, like a funeral is a sign of dementia. Too many people though only read headlines and not the article.

[–] Tnetennba 14 points (+14|-0) Edited

Same. That plus old FB groups like "I F****ing Love Science" that only post extremely basic, misinformed, confusing stuff that gets clicks. Basically just tons of galaxy pictures or pictures of leaves with some blurb about the Golden ratio/spiral in nature.

Edit: I firmly maintain this iteration of "science" is filling the void in young people that religion used to fill. I believe humans need some form of spiritual or self reflective outlet. Not necessarily religion but some form of community that helps you feel accepted and like you belong. It typically has signals, labels, signs, symbols phrases, objects, slogans, that kind of stuff— to show which social "tribe" you belong to. "Dog whistles" if that makes sense.

This Neo-Liberal Pomo "Science" is the new religion. It has phrases you must say to signal your belonging (TWAW). It has Holy books ("science articles" and "research studies") that are often very difficult for laypeople to understand so they rely on the Priests to interpret it and tell them what it says (like those ridiculous FB pages that summarize lengthy studies with click bait titles). It has a sense of community and clearly defined tenets that must be obeyed. You get massive rewards for participating and you get massive penalties if you don't.

I apologize if this was ramble or unclear, my thoughts are sluggish today. Other users on this site have much more coherent and in depth analysis of this than I do.

[–] Annie09 2 points (+2|-0)

These ' I love science' types usually lack much scientific knowledge at all and just think being an 'intellectual' makes them cool and different . They all just want to be special. These are the same types that think Bill Nye is a good science source and he isn't even a scientist...

[–] questioningtw 2 points (+2|-0)

I remember that site! People where making a big deal about how it was run by a woman, but it just annoyed me. There was no real actual science on that page.

[–] pennygadget 2 points (+2|-0)

I apologize if this was ramble or unclear, my thoughts are sluggish today. Other users on this site have much more coherent and in depth analysis of this than I do.

Don't apologize. That was actually a brilliant summation of how "science" and social justice have replaced religion for a lot of younger & left-leaning people.

I think most people need to believe that they're a part of something bigger than themselves. And this dogma of science and social justice fills that void perfectly