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Words that piss you off

Fukyo

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The usage of the word is usually symptomatic of a mechanistic, cut n dry understanding of genetics and evolutionary psychology which are viewed as absolute blue prints governing humans on a biological and behavioral basis, discounting the influence of environment on genetic expression when it comes to genetics, or discounting the speculative nature of the discipline when it comes to evolutionary psychology.

Going further, characterizing something as "hardwired" allows people to assert things in an absolute sense; cloistering their claims against any further inquiry or criticism. It's (dressed up as) science; you cannot question it.

Going even further, it's usage goes hand in hand with a worldview and belief system where Evolution is seen as an intelligent, guided process, as a substitute for God, for creationism. Individuals of this persuasion misappropriate, cherry pick, misinterpret, omit nuance or just plain herald bad research as fact in order to vindicate and validate their worldview in the process both misinterpreting the scientific process and the biological concepts they use.
 
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The usage of the word is usually symptomatic of a mechanistic, cut n dry understanding of genetics and evolutionary psychology which are viewed as absolute blue prints governing humans on a biological and behavioral basis, discounting the influence of environment on genetic expression when it comes to genetics, or discounting the speculative nature of the discipline when it comes to evolutionary psychology.

Going further, characterizing something as "hardwired" allows people to assert things in an absolute sense; cloistering their claims against any further inquiry or criticism. It's (dressed up as) science; you cannot question it.

Going even further, it's usage goes hand in hand with a worldview and belief system where Evolution is seen as an intelligent, guided process, as a substitute for God, for creationism. Individuals of this persuasion misappropriate, cherry pick, misinterpret, omit nuance or just plain herald bad research as fact in order to vindicate and validate their worldview in the process both misinterpreting the scientific process and the biological concepts they use.
What alternative phrasing would you suggest?

It accurately describes certain things although it's probably overused for convenient simplification due to the catch-phrase metaphorical qualities you describe.
 
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"peers" and "throw up"

when people use the world peers, like when talking to little kids and stuff, it seems really weird. like, why can't you just say people?

and why doesn't everyone just say vomit? maybe puke sometimes of you're feeling childish, but throw up? that's even more gross. the sentence "suzy threw up." makes me cringe a lot more than "suzy vomited." or "suzy puked."
 
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