those who cannot convince, censor

a tour of cutting edge research in karenology from the possibly prestigious and certainly notorious “gato university,” home of the fighting badcats. (go cats!)

our lesson today is simple:

nothing drives the desire to censor one’s opponent like losing the debate badly.

and this is what drives this fundamental relationship (proven by lots of research of at least ostensible reliability) known as “the karen curve.”

it’s the fundamental building block of the science of karenology.

many have found this construct to be overly theoretical and so we go to our “applied karenology” department for some examples that might make this material more accessible.

as you can see, this relationship can be clearly observed in numerous real world contexts and works in bidirectional fashion.

as an argument becomes increasingly fractious and lost, its proponents seek to censor and to limit freedom.

and those winning seek free discourse.

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(note that this tendency is not predictive of societal outcomes over time and has complex interactions therewith. winning an intellectual argument and being able to force others to submit to your viewpoint have little to do with one another, especially in the short run.)

despite this, some strong conclusions may still be drawn because one thing is certain:

the side seeking to stifle debate is NEVER the side of science.

science thrives on challenge. it evolves BECAUSE it is contested and adversarial. the truth needs no protection. it grows stronger when engaged in open discourse and disputation.

the stories that must be protected from criticism are the other kind…

we also just got this fine addition from our lexical semantics department.

we take great pride in adding karenology to our departments of epidemiology, hard science, statistics, philosophy, ethics, and political science.

the cross disciplinary possibilities with our meme studies and applied snark departments are, frankly, unlimited.

it’s a very exciting time!

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