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On Tribalism

by Brian Dunning

September 7, 2012

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Donate It's election time, and many of the people I know are divided into two halves, each half making a fool's charges against the other. My contribution to this is the final paragraph from Skeptoid #324:
There should be something of a self-evident red flag to people who draw this dichotomy and make such a radical assumption about so many people. Great sweeping generalizations, particularly those purporting to know the thoughts and feelings of other people, are almost always wrong. It doesn't really matter whether you're a skeptic or a believer, black or white, gay or straight, liberal or conservative, Eastern or Western, Northern or Southern: when you catch yourself thinking you know the minds of others — and most especially when you assign them some sort of sub-human, amoral, or thoughtless traits — it's almost certainly you who is in the wrong.

by Brian Dunning

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