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- Jan 4, 2009
"Hardwired" always gets my bullshit alarms on full red alert.
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.why?
What alternative phrasing would you suggest?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.
Wow so angry...'Literally' - because it has literally become gap filler in people's sentences. It no longer has meaning, and every time I hear it out of context makes me dislike the speaker more.
'Technically' - because every time I hear the word it seems as if the person who says it is implying that they have thought of something you haven't. People do sometimes think of things I haven't, but those people don't begin their sentences with 'technically'.
'Bob' - the generic name everyone on the internet gives to anything seemingly at random. Hipster bullshit startup fucks.
'Random' - Don't get me started on this shit. Unexpected maybe, but not random.
'Douche' - the biggest douche I know used to say this word more often than any other curse word. I think that having heard it so many times simultaneously to me thinking he was a hypocrite has conditioned me to cringe every time I hear the word.
'lol' - used to get on my nerves but I think I've been desensitised. It still pisses me off when someone tries to do something clever with it such as 'roflcopter' and the like.
'troll' - is beginning to get on my nerves because I use it to mean something different. When a friend claims to be trolling me, I think 'no, you're just being a prick'. It came to my attention recently that these two things are basically synonymous (not my romanticised version where a troll needs to at least be clever). This makes me think the word pointless.
I also hate pretty much any slang term for marijuana. It's moronic to saturate your culture with a plethora of words for such a simple thing. I would understand if they were trying to hide the fact they consumed illicit drugs, but this is exactly the opposite of what these people are generally trying to do.