the biology of belief

Since white people never understand simple statements unless people of color repeat them ten times, let me say this again: racism is taught. Racism is not a belief pre-determined by biology, neuroanatomy, genetics, or anything else. Racism is how white supremacy manifests. White supremacy is the reason that white people are taught to be racist since childhood, and white supremacy is the reason everyone, including people of color, grow up embedded in a racist environment. White entitlement is maintained by the mechanisms of white supremacy. It propagates through imperialism, modern slavery, police brutality and other forms of state violence, incarceration, and even education. There is no excuse or explanation for racism other than white supremacy - no, working-class white people aren’t racist because of capitalism wreaking havoc on their lives; white women aren’t racist because of patriarchy; white LGBT people aren’t racist because of heternormativity; white disabled and neurodivergent people aren’t racist because of ableism. 

That white supremacist groups are able to appeal to all these classes of white people who are marginalized on some axis is proof of white supremacy - even though these specific groups of white people may face some type of marginalization and even violence, they still align with their race because it affords them a facade of power. And look, this has been the case for hundreds of years. Poor Irish immigrants in the south (USA), who were quite literally seen as the dregs of Southern society, were not only still regarded better than black people, but they themselves celebrated that at least they weren’t grouped with black people. Unions and labor organizations routinely discriminated against black people, against East Asian immigrants, and against Jewish people - in fact, many of them were created to combat the onset of immigrant labor. Plenty of white feminist and white LGBT activists contribute their time to racist and imperialist causes and organizations to “empower” themselves. Similarly, if you’re going to tell me that I should excuse racist white neurodivergent people because “they don’t have the same handle on objective reality and are susceptible to being racist because of that”, not only are you inadvertently exposing your own ableism, but you’re also telling me that neurodivergent people of color don’t matter and that people of color should be “fine” with violence if it’s coming from a white neurodivergent person. 

White neurodivergent people are not racist because of their home circumstances or neurochemical imbalances or developmental dysfunctions or symptoms of mental illness. They are racist because even they are socialized to be racist. White supremacy affords power to even the most marginalized white people because even the most marginalized white people will still gain the benefits of white socialization and will still be regarded as superior to all people of color. Moreover, neurodivergent people of color who may also struggle with cognitive functions and perceptions of objective reality aren’t enacting racist violence. So to say that racism is symptomatic of mental illness is meaningless. 

It is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree - make sure you understand the fundamental principles, ie the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details. Otherwise there is nothing for them to hang on to.
—  Elon Musk
lab partners | jungkook

summary: you’re not someone who likes group work, but jeon jungkook might be someone who’s going to change that. 
genre: fluff, high school!au, shy!kook 
word count: 2.426 

author’s note: nothing but high school teens bonding over discovering the anatomy of a dead frog. :) 

Originally posted by cuteguk

Group assignments are something that you despise wholeheartedly. Your luck seems to always be on the opposing side whenever teachers partner you up. It’s either you get someone who is incredibly slow and incompetent or someone who does nothing at all. Most of the time, it’s nothing but stressful and frustrating episodes on your part and even if you always manage to score a good grade in the end, it perplexes you that the efforts you put were always more compared to everyone else’s. Yes, you’re the type of person who prefers and is best at working alone. This might make you seem uncooperative, but you like to think that they’re the ones who are just hard to work with.

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One of the things that strikes me about a lot of fantasy/sci-fi media is that it just assumes crime and cops are a natural progression of a developing world. There’s rarely any question about why criminals exist or why police are the go to response to them.

Why would we assume a scarcity free fanasy world would have organized crime that simulates real world criminals who are largely driven by desperation and disenfranchisement? Why would we assume alien species with their own sets of values and beliefs (and biologies) would create an entire profession to tracking and imprisoning people who use recreational drugs?

Good guys and bad guys are a standard part of storytelling. Have been as long as stories have existed. But defining good guys and bad guys by which side of the law they fall on is boring, unoriginal propaganda.

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Dr. Wayne Dyer & Dr. Bruce Lipton have a discussion about “The Biology Of Belief” on the Hay House Radio Stage at the I Can Do It! Las Vegas (Part 1).

to summarise: jon taking the name targaryen makes no sense and is ultimately sexist. 

his mother was a stark and his upbringing is stark, his cousins siblings are starks, the man who was his father in all but biology was a stark, his mannerism is stark, his beliefs are stark (old gods, ‘he who passes the sentence must swing the sword’), his wolf represents the starks (both literally in the banners, and that he has the stark warg abilities), he even looks like a stark.

jon. is. a. stark. in. all. but. name. saying he will be a targaryen simply because rhaegar was, and saying that is more important than all of the above, is at the end of the day sexist - because lyanna was a stark, yet because she was a woman to some people that disregards all of the above argument.

anonymous asked:

here's a concept for you to mull over bc im too tired to atm: being in school with patrick. not ur typical "possessive kisses at the lockers, harsh glares in the hallways" oh no... we go above and beyond. being bio lab partners with patrick. being english presentation partners. rigging his schedule so he's in your ap spanish class , in your apush class to watch you get passionate about language and history, watches you create art and do calc with ease... he's obsessed (and so am i)-🌻

ok so i’ve been thinking about this for legit DAYS which is why i haven’t answered bc this concept has been plaguing my fuckin mind ! so we all know our boy patrick is a solipsistic sadistic sociopath (say that five times fast!) and combining this concept with his character is ….  i’ll probably reblog this a few times as more shit comes to me but let’s ! talk ! about ! this !

  • it starts in sophomore year biology and contrary to popular belief patrick doesn’t consistently skip class ( i can expand on this idea if y’all want but i don’t wanna stray from the topic at hand! anyway! )
  • u get assigned to be lab partners for dissection and u kinda hate it bc like …. kermit had to die for this shit like why couldn’t u have dissected a lima bean ?? anyway
  • ur kinda nervous to be his lab partner i mean … it’s patrick hockstetter. he carries a knife everywhere and you’ve never seen him without split knuckles
  • but … he’s good at it ??? like he’s following the instructions and dissecting the frog almost like a normal human is with this like ??? CLINICAL fascination and ur lab goes by pretty uneventfully … u write all the notes and he does the dissection and that’s kind of it
  • he makes a pretty dark joke at one point and kind of smiles when you call the frog kermit without thinking
  • ( it’s barely a smile; it’s more of a smirk but you like how he wears it and your mind tricks you into thinking patrick hockstetter is human )
  • so you stay lab partners and ?? you were never a major target for the bowers gang but even the small things that used to happen (sexual remarks, getting your ass grabbed by henry bowers, etc) stop happening and you think it might be because patrick considers you his friend
  • ( what you don’t know is that you are a material conceptualization stemmed from his metaphysical existence. the world (and you) is his creation. )
  • you partner up with him in english class after that and you’re doing a shakespeare assignment together and you still think he’s human so you invite him over to your house to work on the project
  • you wanted to do a midsummer night’s dream but he tells you you’re doing othello
  • in retrospect that’s the first red flag but you didn’t see it at the time; you just shrugged and said okay. you figured he knew more than you did
  • the thing about being the only real thing in the world and knowing that you are his creation is that he feels entitled to you
  • the thing about intimidation and fear is that sometimes, that gets him in trouble with the rules his creations have invented to pretend order exists and he doesn’t care about these rules but he prefers not to deal with the consequences so he’ll follow them
  • now i’m not saying that patrick isn’t a sadistic sociopath but we only ever saw him from the losers gang perspective in which he’s targeting them ?? he doesn’t want anything from them except to see them bleed
  • with you, it’s about more than blood. he wants to hear the way your voice sounds after he’s choked you unconscious during a fuck. he wants to watch you sleep because it means you trust him enough to do so in his presence. he wants you to be utterly in love with him because he demands devotion. he wants to see you destroy yourself for him because he demands ascetic worship.
  • so that’s what he does. it’s emotional manipulation and some shit he says or does is off but you either brush it off or don’t notice it. you think him changing your project to a midsummer night’s dream is a sign that he likes you.
  • the first time he kisses you is during a fetal pig dissection. he insists you make the first cut and your hands are shaking because you’re nervous you’ll fuck it and you do; you end up slicing your own finger. 
  • he takes your hand and kisses your wound, licking up the blood (kinda fucking weird but ??? you’re into it ??? ) and then he kisses you and it tastes like pennies
  • you pull away so quickly in fear your teacher’s gonna see that you accidentally bite his lip in the process and your mouth tastes like pennies for the rest of the day
  • his knuckles are still always split and your friends get uneasy when you tell them how much the two of you hang out; they don’t understand why you suddenly love metal and they exchange glances every time you start a sentence with “patrick said…” or “patrick thinks…” and you don’t notice but he’s got you
  • you do really well on your english project.
  • after you get your grade back he quotes some romeo and juliet at you and you realize you’re a little bit in love with him
  • love makes you blind to his split knuckles and apocalyptic world view and the way he’s got you so wrapped around his finger that when he tells you his favorite scene in othello is when othello kills desdemona, you like… get it!
  • ( you don’t really get it; it’s not artistic, like you convinced yourself to believe. you don’t get why he likes it so much until you realize he always holds you by the throat when he kisses you. )
  • the first time you fuck is while you’re watching evil dead and he has you by the throat so tightly, screams from the movie clashing with the sound of your headboard smacking the wall and his eyes go black in a way you don’t really recognize and his fingers tighten around your throat when you’re trying to pry them looser
  • it scares the fucking shit out of you but you think you like it when he fucks your throat until it’s raw and there are tears and snot streaming down your face but patrick likes it so you do it
  • it’s asceticism disguised as love

this is as far as i got before my computer exploded and took two hours to piece itself back together ahdgklfd so i’ll continue this later as promised !! i got a lot to fuckin say about this concept and a bitch won’t shut up !! this ain’t the last of me talking about this concept !!!!!!!!!!!! ( also anyone feel free to reblog and add ur own shit i love my fellow fridge boy fuckers )

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Happy birthday to Ernst Haeckel! The German artist, zoologist, and evolutionist was born on this day in 1834. 

A prolific writer and talented artist, Haeckel became one of the most forceful and outspoken advocate for evolutionary ideas in continental Europe. He was also a great popularizer of science, and Haeckel’s lectures and his books—which at the time sold many more copies in many more languages than did Charles Darwin’s own—played a critical role in promoting evolutionary thought to a wide European audience. 

While on a trip in Messina, Sicily, Haeckel first encountered huge aggregations of the marine microorganisms known as radiolarians. Viewed under a microscope, their glassy (silica) skeletons revealed unimaginably intricate, often perfectly symmetrical geometric forms. For Haeckel, who was struggling to reconcile his idealist romanticist beliefs with the seeming reductionism of modern biology, these extraordinarily beautiful creatures provided a way to resolve the conflict. Study of their endless forms provided an outlet for his artistic talents while revealing to him nature’s inner mysteries. 

See more of Ernst Haeckel’s work in the exhibition, Opulent Oceans: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History, now on view at the Museum. 

Your beliefs and thoughts are wired into your biology. They become your cells, tissues, and organs. There’s no supplement, no diet, no medicine, and no exercise regimen that can compare with the power of your thoughts and beliefs. That’s the very first place you need to look when anything goes wrong with your body.
—  Christine Northrup
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Why I Identify As Non-Binary
Gender is a human experience, and human experiences cannot be reduced to simplistic, reductive structures.

Aris Sizer writes in Huffpost:

Why do I identify as non-binary?

Because it’s the truth.

I don’t know what you were expecting, really, but uh…there it is. That’s the ‘why’ in this conversation. I identify as non-binary because that is the truth.

In fairness I think I might need to explain a little more.

What I mean when I say that it’s the truth is that identifying as non-binary is the best way I can explain how I personally feel about gender. I have never felt attached to my assigned gender in any way whatsoever. I have never felt male, certainly never felt like a man, and I couldn’t possibly have less interest in abiding by the concept of masculinity.

But Aris, the crowds shriek, you don’t have to care about masculinity to be a man, it’s your biology that dictates your gender, not your belief systems.

Well, strangely articulate crowd, firstly biology in no way dictates your gender but rather it dictates your sex (and even then there are stipulations to consider, but we’ll save that for another day), and secondly I’m also fully aware of that. My belief systems have nothing to do with my identifying as non-binary.

Read the whole sassy, smart piece!

sierraseas  asked:

1. I have this idea bouncing around in my head & I wanted to get a few opinions on it. Okay So Undertale as well as AUs mostly operate under the assumption that humans ether do not have or can not wield magic right? The only exceptions are few stories with it just being there. Like BAM MAGES ARE BACK OR NEVER LEFT! But that's not true or really right? Like my mother is a witch. Well Wiccan but ya she practices The Craft. I grew up with magic being a very real thing (i'll explain that in a min)

Oooh this is interesting! Let’s dissect this. 

We do know that humans are capable of magic in Undertale. In the monster history signs throughout Waterfall, one of them mentioned that it took 7 human mages to erect the barrier and keep the monsters trapped. So yes, humans are entirely possible of magic, but let’s look at the timelines. From the intro, based off the human’s clothes and the choice of weapons, it looks like the monsters moving to Underground, was not a recent event. 

If you take look at the human side, the main human is using a sword and wearing a cape. In the background, there are other humans wielding spears and carrying torches, so this is maybe around the early AD. Some people say it could be the medieval times, but I disagree and I’ll explain why in a minute. So the monsters forced into the Underground and we know what happens, so let’s look at the humans. 

We know that when Frisk falls, it’s around 201X and it’s definitely modern times with its reference to anime, cell phones, and social media. Plus, during the credit scenes, Papyrus and Sans are seen traveling down a highway in their car and bike (?). So do these modern humans have magic? Yes and no.

Here’s my theory. Modern humans have the potential for magic, and for those who have it (like the asker’s mother) it’s very weak compared to the original human mages. Why? There are several historical events that lead to the genocide of many people and it’s entirely possible that the humans who practice magic could be a part of it. During the medieval times, humans had the witch hunt based on religious beliefs like Christianity. Magic was seen as a Pagan form of worship and they were immediately prosecuted. Now, why would humans kill the people that won the war and “saved” their race? Remember, it’s a theory that the barrier was put up early AD. Early AD to medieval times is a long time and people could’ve simply lost appreciation of it since they didn’t live through it or just forgot. A part of the witch hunts were to burn any kind of artifacts that relate to the practice of magic, since it was seen as devil worship. With the burning of these magical books, it started the decline of magic. Because of the push for the belief of one God (crusades, religious persecutions, etc), the practice of magic start to die out. 

Then after the witch hunts, humans had the Scientific Revolution. With new inventions, study of chemistry, physics, biology, psychology, and astronomy,  this weakened the belief of magic and for some, God himself (though that was considered blaspheme and blasphemers were killed or had their lives destroyed like Galileo) But with these scientific advancements, there was no need for magic and the belief of it was considered to be “old fashioned”. 

There are probably many other events throughout history (genocides, persecution of gypsies, the story of magic becoming nothing more than a child’s tale), but all those events weakened human magic. Jumping to modern times, I believe, like you said, that everyone has the potential for magic, but I wouldn’t necessarily say that it’s a block. Yes, that could be a factor, but I think the main reason is that there’s simply no more knowledge of it. For example, I have the potential and the ability to make a pie. I believe that I can bake a pie and that it will be good, but potential and belief aren’t enough. If I don’t know how to bake a pie, then that’s never going to happen, or maybe I would be able to do it, it just won’t be as good (strong) it can be in it’s original form, just like how the very scarce practicers of magic won’t be like the original human mages. 

So yes, all humans are capable of magic, and maybe it can be taught again once the monsters are released, but I doubt that Asgore would allow that to happen, just in case that the humans rise up again and create another barrier. It would be interesting to see how after, thousands of years of decline magic to the point where it’s almost nonexistent, how would the Surface change with that sudden return of magic. 

anonymous asked:

why do the tumblr/twitter racist blacks suddenly try to turn into biology teachers when trying to explain why they have superiour genetics to white people like please...we're the same species darker skin came from hotter places and lighter people come from cold places, no you don't have the genetic memories from your ancestors, no you are not oppressed bitch stop trying to sound like you suddenly have a biology degree lmao

I’d say racial superiority in general, at least the belief that a race IS superior, is rooted in laziness and, obviously, racism. The racists want to have some achievement over the “inferior” race so they have this narrative that without doing anything they themselves are better than the entirety of another race.

”It’s people like you that make people not take trans seriously, you’re not a fucking wolf or any shit like that, you are a human. If you wanna be some made up shit, then cool. But don’t go telling people like if it’s normal, cause it’s the most stupid shit that I have ever heard. I wish people that thought they we’re something else then human would shut the fuck up. If your an animal then live like one and go into the wild and never come back. It would make a lot of people happy” -my-unicorn-baby


Really? Because, in my experience, everyone who has knows I am otherkin and knows I am transgender takes me just as seriously as any non-kin, cisgender individual. They certainly don’t seem to take the non-kin transgender individuals around me any differently, either.

No, you know who’s part of the problem? People like you.

People who propagate these ridiculous ideas that a) human beings aren’t animals, which literally goes against our species’ classification and basic biology, b) that spiritual beliefs, something that has existed in our culture for almost as long as our existence, are somehow not “normal” and c) that opinions that don’t inherently involve gender identity somehow, in someway, equate to and harm gender identity. Well, whether you claim to be trans or cis, I hate to be the one to tell you that there is quite a lot more to gender identity than opinions. A lot more. And if someone believes in reincarnation, or souls, or god, well, that’s not making “people not take trans seriously,” as you so eloquently put. That’s someone living their life and holding their beliefs and really not doing much else in this context.

Now…

3 away from bingo. Alas!

Science is the key to our future, and if you don’t believe in science then you’re holding everybody back. And that’s fine if you, as an adult, want to run around pretending or claiming that you don’t believe in evolution, but if we educate a generation of people who don’t believe in science, that’s a recipe for disaster. We talk about the Internet. That comes from science. Weather forecasting. That comes from science. The main idea in all of biology is evolution. To not teach it to our young people is wrong.
—  Bill Nye

PSA: Trans women are WOMEN. Trans men are MEN.

If your ‘feminism’ denies this or tries to force trans men and women about of their spaces, then fuck off and re-evaluate your feminism.

Literally fight me I am a Biology/Neuropsychology student and if you don’t got shit to back up your bullshit claims, then go find a library and study up on Biology and Sexology. Then maybe you’ll see why your beliefs are bullshit.