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Does Empathy Reduce Prejudice—or Promote It?

Does Empathy Reduce Prejudice—or Promote It? | 1)Possibilities  2)Conflict and Prejudice | Scoop.it

Have you ever been annoyed by flip-flops in the scientific literature? Many people, for example, feel this way when it comes to nutrition science: Diet advice, it sometimes seems, changes almost as fast as hardware from Apple.


It can make one wonder about—even doubt—the usefulness of science. And so it was last week, when Greater Good Editor-in-Chief Jason Marsh referred me to a recently published article that contradicts the findings I talk about in this blog post about the relationship between empathy and prejudice. By Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton


Via Edwin Rutsch
Chan Loveshislife's insight:

The word prejudice refers to an opinion or feeling formed without knowledge, thought or reason. It is like judging a book by it's cover be it good or bad. But in the world prejudice is usually an unreasonable opinion of someone not something. And with empathy which means putting yourself in someone's position, does it reduce prejudice or promote it. This is a really debatable question as empathy can do both. Imagine, a person whom you've known your whole life does something horrible, but when you confront him, he has a questionable explanation for why he did it. By standing in his shoes, will it reduce prejudice or promote it? After all you've known him  your whole life, would he really do such a thing? And yet all evidence points to him, and he has a motive for doing the crime too. This is but a simple example of how empathy can do both depending on how you look at it. That is why i find this article extremely intresting an would like to research more about it.

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opensecret's comment, September 6, 2011 11:29 AM
It's less the science that is annoying and more the politics.
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Case Study: Sri Lanka - Conflict and Harmony in Multi-Ethnic Societies - Resource Guides at National Library, Singapore

Case Study: Sri Lanka - Conflict and Harmony in Multi-Ethnic Societies - Resource Guides at National Library, Singapore | 1)Possibilities  2)Conflict and Prejudice | Scoop.it
This LibGuide explores the following themes: 1. causes and effects of conflict in a multi-ethnic society (case studies of Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka and 2. challenges in resolving ethnic conflicts.

Via NeoJiaLing
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Is Conflict really necessary in Sri Lanka? Is disturbing the Peace and Harmony on an Island Paradise really worth it? And for what cause? To eradicate people that speak a different language but are still indirectly related to you? These people you don't want on your land and soil, are they really that different? NO! They are still human, and it is against human nature to kill someone of the same kind as yourself. But why do some people still do it? In the case of this beautiful island paradise, it is because of a petty little dispute. An eye for an eye, in the end all will go blind, or in this case nobody will be happy. And everyday life will be ruined, just because of some unsettled diffrences, nobody involved will benefit from this. So, is the cause really worth it? I don't think so...

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Jaslyn Si Jia's curator insight, July 3, 2013 6:45 AM

After reading this article, i learnt that there is a conflict between the Tamils and Sinhalese, which took place in Sri Lanka and lasted for over more than 100 years. As the Sinhalese have many benefits like, more job offers and further education opportunities, which the Tamils are unhappy about, thus conflicts between the two ethnic groups started.

I feel that the two ethnic groups shouldn't use violence to solve their problems. Its not worth it to get people injured or killed just to have that problem evened out. Both should talk to each other what their are unhappy about and give in to each other.

I wonder why they want to pursue the matter for such a long time.

Ameer Artsyrup's curator insight, July 5, 2013 8:59 AM

After reading this article, I believe that in order for a country to achieve progress, social, economical and political stability, it has to first achieve muti-ethnic harmony. this is true as different races in a country need to work in cohesion in order to benefit both the country and themselves. This can be seen as Singapore has gone through much progress since the racial riots end. However if racial instability has struck a multi-ethnic country, this will create a lot of problems for the country like major riots and civil wars. this will cause the country to fall in economical and political terms. This can be seen in Sri Lanka as it went through civil war which killed more than 100000 people. This war greatly affect Sri Lanka's economy and causes a major political instability in the country. Due to this, I believe that a country multi-ethnic country must achieve racial harmony in order to benefit everyone.

Evelynkoh's curator insight, July 5, 2013 11:23 AM

Peace and harmony , don't everyone want to stay that way forever? Thats why i seriously wonder , why would people want to start wars , destroying their paradise. In every country's road to success , there must be lots and lots of ups and downs , between its neighboring countries and even between their own people. We're all living in the 21st century , why would we still think in that manner that violence will solve everything? It never will , it will just make the matter worse and cause it to affect a larger amount of people and to last for an even longer period of time. The matter may start of small but because of the use of violence , the matter will start to enlarge and then it would not only be in-between the people who started the matter but the whole country. It will then be reflected badly on the race of the people and also the country. Bit by bit everything will start to fall. Therefore , to me i wonder , why would people want to make things that are simple into things that are so complicated that will cause major damages?

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Seeing Possibilities

Seeing Possibilities | 1)Possibilities  2)Conflict and Prejudice | Scoop.it
You are today where your thoughts have brought you & you will be tomorrow where your thoughts will lead you. Engage in the future when seeing possibilities.

Via John Michel
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I see that, in life attitude is more important than aptitude. It does not matter how limited your abilities are but how far you are willing to push your abilities, that is what i feel really matters. If you take every challenge as a chance to push your abilities to their limits and further, your life will eventually will be a breeze for every hurdle in life that you come across will be nothing more than a minor setback and no matter how many challenges life throws at you, you will not waver and with your head held high you will move ever onward into a better life. So based on this, is attitude really everything? Yes it is.

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Teo J-lyn's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:23 AM

I can see that when people are awlays being exposed to negative thoughts and information, they tend to make bad choices due to their negative thoughts, affecting the way he or she lead their life. This cause people to feel demoralised , which will also affect the way they think.Thus, it is important to think positive, and see the brighter side of life. This will allow people to strive towards their goal, and have their desired outcome. I think attitude plays a important role in the way we think. i wonder why do people not think the positive side of life.

Jaslyn Si Jia's curator insight, July 4, 2013 5:59 AM

After reading this article, I realized that positive attitude is needed to determine the life we're living in and also the possibilities that we can achieve. Many people may be affected in their life due to the negative thoughts and attitude that they have, if they had positive attitude in all the things they do, they would live a better life and discover things that they might have never discovered before. These positive attitude and thoughts leads to finding even more possibilities and lead us to the right path onto our future.

Coven Chong Weng's curator insight, July 5, 2013 7:09 AM

From this article, i realise that with the right attitude, we can come up with all different kind of outcome in some situations. If your attitude is positive for everything, everything might just turn out the way that you want it. However if you have a negative attitude, things will not go the way you want it to and it might get even worse. Thus, i wonder why some people dont think with a positive attitude.

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Entitlement Is The Way To Failure

Entitlement Is The Way To Failure | 1)Possibilities  2)Conflict and Prejudice | Scoop.it

Entitlement in the online world

I feel like a lot of people have a sense of entitlement that they bring to the online world. People sniff around Facebook and Twitter and say, “Oh, well that person is making tons of money because of their online presence. I should be able to do that too.” The sense of the American dream – of going from “rags to riches” through hard work and dedication, seems to be dissipating. People are no longer willing to wait. if someone else has found success, they also want that success, and like the little girl from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Veruca Salt, they want it now.

Entitlement and Engagement Don’t Mix

If you bring with you a sense of entitlement to the online world, it becomes exponentially more difficult to engage in meaningful ways with people...


Via Martin Gysler
Chan Loveshislife's insight:

This article i feel is very intresting, as instead of talking about the usual rags to riches stories. It goes in depth to show how others are affected by stories  of people who make it big, through dedication and hardwork. Apparently people are impatient and after seeing how others through sweat and sacrifice earn a lot of money via the internet especially, people build false hopes and dreams thinking they can do it too. But, ultimately not realizing that it takes more than luck and intellect. And they, as i earlier stated become impatient, they want to become rich NOW. This proves that most people are unable to comprehend the fact that turning oneself from rags to riches is not that easy and requires time and effort, it also makes stories of people from making it big in society much more inspirational as they have gone through a lot of tough times to achieve what they have now in life. People after reading this article will come to understand the basic principle of life that nothing is free in this universe,and everything has a price tag. Even the air that we breathe is not free, it comes with the price of our lives. Think about it, with no life the air surrounding us is useless. That is what i have learnt from reading this article.

 

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Yong Jian's curator insight, June 27, 2013 5:30 AM

From what i have seen, people who feel that the world owes him or have a sense of entitlement often lead to their astray. With these thoughts, the people will be very selfish and only cares about themselves, but never spare a though for the others. With that sense of entitlement, they will never strive hard to achieve something they want. With that sense of entitlement, they would not be elated even after achieving something they want because they feel like they deserve it. Nothing in this world are being entitled to us. Food, oxygen, trees, tables, paper, people who love you, all of these are not entitled to us. In order to solve this problem, we must have the mindset that thinks" nobody owes me a living". We should go out and fight for what we want, we  should fight with integrity and respect. This can be seen in the CEO of the google company. They started out as a small company, but because of the positive mindset, they become a huge company now. Sometimes, i do wonder if there is any other factors leading to failure other than having a sense of entitlement. 

Yong Jian's curator insight, June 27, 2013 5:50 AM

From what i have seen, people who feel that the world owes him or have a sense of entitlement often lead to their astray. With these thoughts, the people will be very selfish and only cares about themselves, but never spare a though for the others. With that sense of entitlement, they will never strive hard to achieve something they want. With that sense of entitlement, they would not be elated even after achieving something they want because they feel like they deserve it. Nothing in this world are being entitled to us. Food, oxygen, trees, tables, paper, people who love you, all of these are not entitled to us. In order to solve this problem, we must have the mindset that thinks" nobody owes me a living". We should go out and fight for what we want, we  should fight with integrity and respect. This can be seen in the CEO of the google company. They started out as a small company, but because of the positive mindset, they become a huge company now. Sometimes, i do wonder if there is any other factors leading to failure other than having a sense of entitlement. 

Jun Liang's curator insight, June 30, 2013 4:20 AM

From this article, I can see that people who feel that the world owes him or have a sense of entitlement often lead to their astray. These people often becomes selfish due to their thoughts. They only care about themselves and doesn't spare a thought for anyone else. Too often, these people are unable to achieve something that they want and even if they do achieve, they will just feel normal as it felt as if they deserve it in the first place. I feel that nothing in this world is entitled to us, and this phrase "No one ownes us a living" is a best representation of it. It the fighting for what we want, that actually gets us what we want. Sometimes, I still wonder what other factors can lead to failure, other than the sense of entitlement?

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TechCrunch | Ray Kurzweil: “You Are What You Think” [TCTV]

TechCrunch | Ray Kurzweil: “You Are What You Think”  [TCTV] | 1)Possibilities  2)Conflict and Prejudice | Scoop.it

This interview highlights one of the main concerns I have about the mental shift our children are taking. If the brain is formed fundamentally by our early thinking and learning, how do high school age kids shift to the new paradigm?


Via danieljgoldsmith
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Based on the saying "You Are What You Think", does what you think of yourself really lead to what you will eventually become? Acorrding to the famed inventor, entrepreneur and futurist, Ray Kurzweil, the brain is formed by our early thinking and learning. Therefore, the mentality of children will form their overall character as they age and turn to adolescence then adulthood. For example, if a person looks down on him or herself during his or her stressful teen years. In life that person will never go far due to the brain subconsiously telling that person that he or she will never excel in anything they do. Is this true? It's highly likely, so in life just keep moving forward and eventually you will achieve your full potential, that is what i personally feel.

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