The Philosophy of Stereotyping II

Yes you are; and so am I

DR. GOSLING starts off by presenting stereotypes in a new manner, that I have not thought of before. One that makes the act of the stereotype not a judgment, but an event.

“[W]e don’t have the time to treat every instance as though it’s really a new…”

…suggests that stereotypes are not merely an invention of the human brain due to tendencies to compartmentalize and group everything, but a crude survival mechanism. One that any other mammal would use: a lab mouse is presented with three triggers, and it is discovered that by pressing the middle trigger 5 times in a row a treat is offered, but not if the trigger is interrupted by the other two buttons being pushed. It is safe to assume that when this behaviour is learnt, the mouse will act accordingly when the same situation (with outside variables in control of course,) is presented once again. According to the view’s of Dr. Gosling, this is an event stereotype. Read more

The Philosophy of Stereotyping I

Yes. Really. Image Credit Here

TODAY’S entry will be a preliminary entrance into the world of judgment. This of course, can and does encompass everything in life but in order to have a better understanding of the subject matter, the broad narrative shall be divided into specific topics, and analyzed from time to time. During this section, a quick examination of stereotyping. First an excerpt from an interview with Sam Gosling, Ph.D., [who according to Big Think is] an associate professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. His work has been widely covered in the media, including The New York Times, Psychology Today, NPR, and “Good Morning America,” and his research is featured in Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink.” Gosling is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution. His first book, Snoop, was a New Scientist Editor’s Pick for top books of 2008. His most recent research has focused on how animal psychology can inform theories of human personality and social psychology. Read more