"Am I wrong?"


"Is my reading into your words and beliefs during a discussion of politics unfair?"

Not unfair, no. You can do what you want, but, equally, I can point out that you're wrong.

"I am not stereotyping I am understanding you Alan as a person."

You have made sweeping generalizations about me based on a handful of observations, so, yes, stereotyping is exactly what you're doing.

I pointed out some facts about human psychology which you are vehemently disagreeing with, that doesn't stop those things from being well established (and increasingly supported) science. Yes, some people use those facts to take wokeness to an absurd extent, and yes, you are assuming that of me.

I note your use of my name and your use of a nom de guerre which denies me the opportunity to do the same.

"You seem, by every single metric to fall into the catagory of a person who has accepted this "woke" dogma."

The key word there is seem.

"You say the same things, share the same beliefs, and are well versed in the idealogy."

That doesn't make it true, it just means that you are so convinced that I'm that way inclined that you haven't (apparently) read the article that I linked to, or investigated the science that I mentioned. You have a perception of the beliefs that I hold, but this conversation hasn’t been long enough for you to know my beliefs.

So, a simple question, how many of these "woke" people that you are so sure that I am, point to scientific papers to support the psychological mechanism they are referring to? Not an opinion piece, not a YouTube video, but an article from (in this case) The London School of Economics.

"You remind me of a very well spoken Christian apologist."

I'll take the "well-spoken" as a compliment, thanks. I've spent a lot of time talking to Christian apologists, the primary difference between them and me is that they can't back up their position with science.

'Circular reasoning, deflection, but never questioning yourself. Never asking yourself, "is there a chance I am wrong?"'

Actually, I ask myself that all of the time. You are giving a master class in failing to do that very thing.

"Am I wrong is characterizng you are a "woke" far left progressive?"

Yes, yes you are. I may appear far left to you, but in the rest of the world, you know, where healthcare is free, I'm centre-left, with views that comport with both the left and the right. One of which I'll mention in a moment.

"If I am wrong, can you tell me where I am wrong? Which of my examples that you disagree with and take a more moderate stance?"

So, what you're saying is that, for my views to be acceptable to you, I have to take a more moderate stance than accepting the science? How about no.

How about you point to a thing that I said that you're so convinced is a negative example of "wokeness". I'm saying just one, for now, or this will get even more out of hand than it already has.

That said, just to illustrate my point of not being the person that you've made up your mind that I am, I'm against Affirmative Action.




Psychology graduate with interests in values and morality, cognition and executive function, and High Functioning Depression. Kiwi living in London, UK.

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Alan Duval, MBPsS

Alan Duval, MBPsS

Psychology graduate with interests in values and morality, cognition and executive function, and High Functioning Depression. Kiwi living in London, UK.

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