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[–] 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.

[–] 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