Bias

Yesterday I posted that blog entry about nudity, which I also posted to facebook. As normal, all of the replies came on facebook itself. People today can’t be bothered to visit a blog and reply in the comments form there. Most of the time they can’t even be bothered to click a link to read something outside of facebook. You have to deliever the content in the facebook feed itself. But to be fair I already knew this and posted it first ot facebook and then added it to this blog. So I’m really bitching for no reason. lol

What I found interesting were peoples overwhelming bias against public nudity. All of it (which included many comments) until the end, were all subjective reasons why they were against it. Subjective being personal emotional reasons more than actual objective facts. The reasons gien were things like “I don’t want to see it” and “I don’t want my kids exposed to it” and “there is a time and place for it’ and “it might desensitize me to nudity and thus effect my sexual attraction.” I still consider that last one subjective even though it borders on the objective. Objectively it may desensitize people to nudity and cause them to not become aroused just by seeing a naked person. But it’s subjective because it’s based on the individual. We can’t assume that of all individuals. Even if true we have to identify why that would be bad. We have to weigh out whether it’s better to give people the freedom to go nude in public or protect people who want to be easily aroused by seeing a naked person by not desensitizing them to nudity.

Generally speaking though, it amazes me to see friends of mine who often consider themselves progressive or at least who I consider progressive, act in such a way that is very conservative and push their emotional bias over actual facts. They were arguing with me against public nudity on the grounds that they didn’t like it rather than stepping back and realizing they didn’t actually have a real objective reason to keep it illegal and limit people’s freedom to do it.

I’m left wondering why. Clearly they have a very strong emotional bias against public nudity. But why? What happened in their lives that made them so strongly against it? Is it social conditioning? Where they traumatized by public nudity in the past? What are they afraid of if public nudity was legalized?

It wasn’t until the end after many comments that someone finally figure out to bring up the whole public health/disease problem that can stem from body fluids unchecked by clothing making their way into public benches and such. That is a real objective drawback to public nudity. A definite potential problem and one that I recognized even before posting the original post. But I held back on mentioning it because I wanted to give others something to to comment with. I figured it would be brought up int eh first comment because it’s the most logical reply against public nudity. I just wasn’t prepared for as much subjective reasoning as I got long before it was finally brought up.

Of course once that was finally brought up, eveyone who had a subjecive reason jumped on the actual objective reason as the main reason not to allow it. Why? Because ultimately everyone knows that an objective reason is better than a subjective reason. But they will still try to use as many subjective reasons as they can to fight objective reasons they don’t agree with. That is until an objective reason they do agree with is introduced. Then suddenly, those subjective reasons don’t matter as much to them anymore. They’ve got something real to fight with now.

It just stuns me over and over again that people can be so biased(even people I would think are open minded thinkers) that they would argue against objective reason with such subjective reasons.

People give far too much resources to their biases and not enough to facts. They let their personal biases make calls on things that personal bias should never make calls on, like the legality of things that affect other peoples freedom. That’s scary in my opinion. Yet we see it all the time. It must be rooted in some kind of fear. I can’t explain why else people would do this.

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