It's hard for me to convey how disturbing I find the growing sentiment that intellectually rigorous debate should be reserved for 'fun' topics that have no meaningful consequences at all, while for matters of literal life or death it's completely inappropriate to be cautious in your beliefs

Insofar as social justice topics are an area in which getting the right answer is existentially important, surely this should be precisely a reason to enforce the strictest norms of intellectual rigor in discussing them? But it seems like the usual attitude is precisely the opposite.

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But I guess "if you think it's fun to debate the importance and severity of systemic violence against marginalized people" kind of gives away that the author here thinks the only reason anyone debates anything is because it's fun, rather than because the subject is important and getting the right answer is important

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