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Today's society promotes a false belief in a fixed “either/or” sense of identity. On one side is “science,” which tends to be perceived as being liberal and educated. The other side is “religion,” which tends to be perceived as being conservative and uneducated. Not only that, but there’s also an assumption that once you pick one side, you must choose all the other associations that come along with it. Each side then attacks the other as being wrong at best, and evil at worst. This false dichotomy, and these attacks and counterattacks, prevent real conversations from happening, keep people from working together to solve problems, and deepen the polarization and mistrust in our society today.
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