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June 18, 2013

The only solid finding in social science is denied by social scientists

Stereotype Inaccuracy? Why do so many psychologists emphasize stereotype inaccuracy when the evidence so clearly provides evidence of such high accuracy?
Why is there this Extraordinary Scientific Delusion? There may be many explanations, but one that fits well is the leftward lean of most psychologists.... as Jon Haidt has repeatedly shown, ideology blinds people to facts that are right under their noses.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at June 18, 2013 8:30 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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All of this kind of stuff comes from some sort of basis. White people aren't all lousy at sports and dancing, but enough are that it sets a baseline for people to presume the rest. Mexicans aren't lazy, but they do wisely take a break during the hottest time of the day when living in a desert, which gives the impression of sloth to clueless people. Asians aren't uniformly hard working math geniuses, but enough are that this tends to become the presumption. On and on it goes.

The ones that make no sense to me are the bits like "black people like watermelon and fried chicken." Well, yeah. So do I, so does nearly everyone. How is that an insult or specific about blacks??

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at June 18, 2013 9:08 AM

I will continue to stereotype people as long as they continue to live up to them. Act the fool and I will call you one.

Posted by: Roger in Republic at June 18, 2013 11:06 AM

If I see a large gathering of black utes, I will always avoid them unless it is a gathering of Black utes for Christ...so basically I will always avoid them.

Stereotype? yes
Fair and earned? yes
Smart? oh hell yes

Posted by: phil g at June 18, 2013 12:34 PM

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