Group-ism: the larger problem behind racism, nationalism, and many other -isms

Charlie Chung, Quanta Magazine, Jan 13, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Some days I feel like utterly nobody agreed with me when I addressed this subject (in Groups vs Networks and That Group Feeling). People sure love their groups. So do I - within limits. But: "Most reasonable people nowadays acknowledge that prejudice is a bad thing. But it is such a strong, persistent force that we need to constantly guard ourselves against. It is so natural, this desire to identify with a group and disparage non-group members... many of us make efforts to counteract this by various means: trying to be consciously aware of our biases, exposing ourselves to other perspectives, following processes designed to counteract bias (e.g. blind resume screening, anonymous peer review, secret voting, etc.). However, the impulse towards group-ism is still quite strong."

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