Psychology Professor Writes Book Challenging Us To Entertain Uncomfortable Ideas
Dr. Bennett's new book is a book about uncomfortable ideas—the reasons we avoid them, the reasons we shouldn't, and discussion of dozens of examples that might infuriate you, offend you, or at least make you uncomfortable.
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"Many of our ideas about the world are based more on feelings than facts, sensibilities than science, and rage than reality," said Dr. Bennett. "We gravitate toward ideas that make us feel comfortable in areas such as religion, politics, philosophy, social justice, love and sex, humanity, and morality. We avoid ideas that make us feel uncomfortable. This avoidance is a largely unconscious process that affects our judgment and gets in the way of our ability to reach rational and reasonable conclusions."
Dr. Bennett dissects dozens of our cultural norms and modern-day narratives while offering contrarian perspectives based on science and reason, that won't sit very well with most people. Here are some examples:
* Political correctness can be harmful
* Identity politics is a dangerous game
* Morality is functionally democratic
* Victims often do share some of the responsibility
* God is a far more horrifying character than Satan
* There is no such thing as freewill
* Americans are manipulated into being pro-war
* Non-whites can be racist, and women can be sexist
* Some people do "choose to be gay"
* Stereotypes are sometimes supported by the data and reflections of reality
* Obese people are not perfect the way they are
* It's okay to find inappropriate jokes funny
"My goal," said Dr. Bennett, "is not necessarily to get people to accept the uncomfortable ideas that I argue for in this book, but to entertain them. And most importantly, entertain all uncomfortable ideas moving forward. A strong society requires well-informed citizens who are capable of making good decisions."
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