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Reader comment on item: CAIR Attacks the Foreign Policy Research Institute
in response to reader comment: We are all prejudiced

Submitted by David L (United States), Mar 17, 2010 at 20:14

Since you didn't offer any substantive criticism of my ideas (i.e., I "have a life"), allow me to preempt you. Yes, we are all prejudiced. The human cerebral cortex has evolved to be masterful at recognizing patterns and employing them in making predictions about the future. Every piece of new information we receive is assimilated with our past experiences to form the mosaic of what we call "beliefs"--so much so that we are very prone to simply ignoring observations if they conflict too much with our preexisting notions. It is therefore not possible for anyone to be 100% objective in any situation. Our assessments are seen through the lens of our own past experiences.

I propose that you are falling victim to what psychologists call self-serving bias. That is another fundmental human flaw: the tendency for us to recognize our positive traits and ignore or downplay our negative traits, leading us to conlude that we're better than we actually are. YOU, Carmen, ARE prejudiced--just like every human that has ever lived. I suspect that deep down you DO recognize that, which is why you were so vehement in your response.


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