The Reality of Nuance


This is getting old, seriously what is wrong with the rest of you people? I am beginning to wonder if there really is any hope for a species like ours? Honestly, I do not know. Lets get real here, I would like to say that most people are fairly intelligent beings, but who am I trying to kid? Most of you are primitive, ignorant, knuckle draggers, who hinder the achievable progress of our entire species.
There is something i’ve noticed about most people, and it’s starting to really annoy me, its part of the reason we have so many of the conflicts we do in this world. It’s the same reason most people see math as cumbersome, why evolution, and climate change are ignored to a large degree, and why academia is failing to meet its prospects in STEM graduates.
It seems the vast majority of humans are incapable of appreciating the nuance of any given situation. We can break these people up into two camps, the reductionists, and the deniers.
It seems to me that time, and time again the reductionists attempt to reduce every issue no matter how complex to its most primitive factors. Every issue is a red versus blue, black versus white, good versus bad scenario. This is the reason why especially in America we seem to never arrive at a the solution of any of our problems. It’s a major contributing factor to the failure of our current political system.
The reductionist attempts to see the world in only two colors, either something is black or it’s white. If “A” is even partially correct than “B” must be completely incorrect. Only the most rational among us seems capable of pointing out that in any given situation that cannot be proven mathematically there isn’t just black and white but a spectrum of colors, this is why compromise must exist in order to achieve balance. Without balance all is lost.
That being said even in factual claims, which can be tested and proven to be true, the solution to given set of facts can be extremely complex. Take global climate change for example, it’s a scientific fact that carbon dioxide is detrimental to the environment in large quantities, it is also a scientific fact that carbon dioxide is being produced in never before quantities by humans, additionally it has been proven that the increase in parts per million of carbon dioxide limits the release of thermal energy thus causing an increase in temperature also known as the greenhouse effect. Not to mention that CO2 is obviously a poison to humans in large ppm. So the solution to ending the treat is simple right? We should stop all processes that contribute to the increment of CO2 in the atmosphere immediately, correct?  The truth is no! Taking that stance is the position of the fundamentalist ideologue, just because you are factual correct doesn’t necessarily mean that the solution to the actual problem will be simple. Ceasing to engage in all activities that contribute to the increment of CO2 in the atmosphere immediately would be just as detrimental to the human race as not doing anything to address the issue in the first place. At the present our entire civilization is based on the consumption of fossil fuels (CnH2n+2). From our electricity, to the polymer plastics we use on a daily basis. Ceasing to utilize these would result in the collapse of our society, because an alternative infrastructure is not yet in place.
Unfortunately humans when faced with a difficult situation such as the mentioned usually panic, and procrastinate in finding a solution until the last minute, when draconian measures will need to be taken in order to avoid critical error. Something that could easily be avoided because in reality the solution is to simply begin to address the problem realistically and gradually migrate away from the use of hydrocarbons. Unfortunately, in the face of such problems some decided to take a third approach; denial. Which takes us into the second camp.
On the opposing side of the spectrum we have those who attempt to conflate factual issues with opinionated issues. The blind ideologues who would deny 2+2=4 if it conflicted with their narrow, and incoherent perspective on reality. These are the people who fight against scientific progress by simply denying the plausibility of the facts. Scientific nihilist, who apparently are capable of denying the substance of a verifiable scientific discovery no matter how much evidence you bring them.
Ironically, these same ideologues usually hold firm to some ridiculous claim that contradicts any, and all observable reality. And thus I consider them intellectually dishonest, the main problem is that these people are usually given a platform in society. These are the zealots of religion, jingoism, corporatism, radical leftwing or rightwing partisan ideology, racism, and overall bigotry. These are those who choose to turn a blind eye to reality in order to indulge in their own childish egocentric desires of self-importance, and grandeur at the expense of others.
We as human beings need to learn to appreciate the complexity of life. We need to try our hardest to refrain from becoming entrenched in our own ideology, or blindly following the identities handed to us by the society we just happened to be born into.
In order for our species to survive the next 50 years we need to grow up, its time to put away our toys, (flags, minor differences, religions, currencies, selfish urges), and look forward and face the major problems on the horizon, otherwise future prospects for the human race look grim at best.
Hopefully this motivates you to see the world differently, attempt to see the complexity of the issues at hand, and help spread the concept of critical thinking.
I would love to hear back from you if you agree or disagree with the written here so please don’t hesitate to leave a comment, thank you.
 









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