Prejudice

Question of Day March 4, 2012 – Prejudice

Are you prejudiced in any way?

I’m mostly with Gil and Torch on this one.

There is certainly a sense in which we all carry multitudes of pre judgements, of contexts, of experiences; many simply given by the cultures into which we happened to be born, and they most certainly have effects upon the choices we see as being available in any specific situation.

And there is another sense in which nothing happens “without reason”, as everything has its precursors.

One of the hard things to get is that everything we do actually has a probability function associated with it.

Often there are very tight peaks on the probability functions, which means that most often we do the same thing, and there are always tails to the probability curves, giving a finite, though small, probability that we will do something else.

The other hard thing to get is that we can change all of our behaviours by changing context, as all activity of brain is context sensitive.

Many different systems of belief have the “faith virus” attached to them. Faith is a mind virus that attempts to prevent us from questioning anything that it is attached to. Any mind infected with this virus becomes stunted, unable to explore any potential beyond that point.

To be able to distinguish prejudice, we must be able to question everything (including this statement – don’t you just love recursion!). Thus faith and the worst forms of prejudice are logical companions.

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Beautifully put Torch

Our ignorance is infinite, and always will be, however knowledgeable and awakened we become.

The one thing that gives me hope and confidence for the future, is that we all have infinite capacity to create new levels of awareness, new levels of abstraction, and thence new contexts in which to view our experience. It is those new contexts that allow us to transcend the prejudices of our earlier ways of thinking, and start exploring the capacities and limits of the new context we find ourselves in.

Thus I see it is possible for us to transcend both our cultures and the economic systems that currently dominate much of human thinking.

That we must do this, in an acceptance of our infinite ignorance is simply another reality that we must accept.

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1 Response to Prejudice

  1. I oh-so-appreciate what you’ve shared here:

    “Many different systems of belief have the “faith virus” attached to them. Faith is a mind virus that attempts to prevent us from questioning anything that it is attached to. Any mind infected with this virus becomes stunted, unable to explore any potential beyond that point.”

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