Muirén Ní Sídach
Mar 21 · 3 min read

My education is in Environmental Psychology but ended up as a Systems Analyst and Project Manager. I grew up in a household where cookies and milk with Andrew Young sitting on the living room sofa was not a remarkable thing. I speak about pivotal events and social dynamics of the 1950s and 1960s as remote thought experiments. I had a front row seat which provided unique insight as I was schooled with the understanding that I was born with benefits and opportunities extremely rare for Black people and that much was expected of me in terms of self-sacrifice.

I am personally non-plussed by daily experiences, the assaults on my person as a consequence of my color. What I do care about is the ramifications of institutional racism in all forms of healthcare and specifically scientific racism that still exists and in fact, is making a resurgence.

When using race this term, I am not sure if you realize it means something almost completely different to people outside of the United States though as a nation we have worked hard to export our unique form of racism.

This distinction of how European’s race perception and the American’s perceived defining of race are not made clear to children in K through 12 with a lot of them still not getting it even when faced with the contradictory reality later in college.

The point here is that I don’t know what social science you are referring to because I don’t personally know anyone I have worked with as a student or professional in the social sciences that has published peer-reviewed work that describes politics as something apart from culture.

Political Science as a name is something of a misnomer because politics is an artifact of culture. We can have a scientific study of politics but politics is not a science any more than any other expression of art.

Culture itself though is a casual, organic form of ArtScience. When viewed as Common Sense it is a repository for tricks of survival that various communities within the humankind family have used successfully at some point and held onto.

The problem is that its lack of deliberation makes everyone’s Common Sense seem to them like laws of nature, when in fact they only apply to each group’s ethnocentric perspective. We have familial Common Sense, neighborhood Common Sense, City, State, and a staggering plurality of pseudo-tribal Common Senses, all of them organic grown.

The insanity is watching people argue even kill because each is convinced they are in conflict over an interpretation of the same Common Sense. Into this seeming chaos, the reaction of so-called Social Conservative Euro-Americans is to pave over everyone’s differences, forcing assimilation of their synthetic White Common Sense.

There is no historical record of that successfully working but that hasn’t kept people from trying it for thousands of years. What has worked is the organic fruition of trade languages and cultures that we now call Lingua Franca.

We need to extrapolate this concept of Lingua Franca in the creation of an Intentional Common Sense, a lingua franca of reason based on evidentiary science that renders it democratic in nature.

Science itself would benefit from this because a prerequisite to this is the need for testing one’s presumptions, a thing so odious to humankind as a whole, that we allude to it with metaphors such staring into the abyss.

Plumbing our implicit biases is our least favorite thing to do, but it has to be obvious that making critical decisions that affect the survival of billions without understanding what secret music we dance to could end our planetary civilization. It is this willful ignorance that is a dubious luxury we can no longer afford.

    Muirén Ní Sídach

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    African-American Afro-Celt, Woman Born Transgender, Demisexual, Lesbian, Anarcho Pacifist, Co-operative Capitalist, Metaphysical Naturalist