- Nov 2005
I actually think stereotyping can be beneficial if applied correctly. Yes, I said it. It CAN be good to stereotype.
If you're walking home late at night and someone walks towards you with a hoodie up, a bandanna over their face, tattoos up and down their arms and their hands tucked in their front pockets, is it okay for you to stereotype this person based on their looks and cross the street?
If you're a lawyer trying a case about a transgender person robbing a gas station and a transgender person shows up for jury selection, is it okay for you to stereotype them and NOT select them for the jury?
It's absolutely okay. When provided with a limited amount of information, you sometimes have to make judgements for your own best interests.
Exactly!Let me clarify. I think stereotyping is okay in A. Select instances and B. When limited information is available.
You'll note the article actually includes TWO parts to its assessment:
a) A new study finds that people with higher cognitive abilities are more likely to learn and apply social stereotypes.
b) However, they also have the ability to more easily unlearn them when presented with new information.
It's part b) which is very important. Any fool can stereo-type. It's the capacity to recognize (and respond appropriately) when your "stereo-type theory" needs changing or is invalidated that demonstrates the intelligence.
Part a) is actually (IMO) referencing fools with "too open" of a mind. Refusing to recognize patterns which can be used to formulate a hypothesis or theory for an evaluation is also a sign of a foolish mind.
UDub's statement was pretty simple. The article isn't the confusion.It's a pretty simple article. Maybe give it another shot.
Maybe you should try sounding out the words and not be so self-conscious over having to mouth them as you try to read them?