Sounds evolutionary sensible

The human brain is predisposed to learn negative stereotypes, according to research that offers clues as to how prejudice emerges and spreads through society.

Finding out that that stripey movement in the grass is actually yummy coloured zebra is interesting, but not a one time finding like finding out that it’s a tiger.

The world’s a sufficiently dangerous place for a shaved ape that a default reaction to anything of “fuck it, I’m outta here” is very sensible indeed in fact.

That it might not work so well in our more complicated and rather safer world is true but evolution is indeed evolution. We ave to start from where we are, not where some might like to pretend we are.

11 thoughts on “Sounds evolutionary sensible”

  1. Studies on how Marxian evil spreads thro’ societies would be more useful and worthwhile. And how to stop it: clue–target middle-class pukes.

  2. Kid goes missing in the swimming hole, could be a tragic accident, could be a scaly extinction dodger. Let’s find it and kill it.

    Pessimism, aka the precautionary principle, is what’s kept us alive.

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    It is part of the stages of grief. They are up to Bargaining. They used to insist that we were all the same under the skin. They can’t do that any more. So they are trying to argue that although we are biologically inclined to be prejudiced, we are actually sadly mistaken in our prejudices.

    Which is nonsense. It is not irrational to fear people who hate us and are killing us – as well as raping young girls. No matter what Rusty says in his knee jerk defence of said rapists.

  4. The human brain is predisposed to all sorts of stereotypes.
    Saves time. Especially if you’re running for your life.

  5. Yep.

    Something strange might be safe and it might be dangerous.

    If your evolutionary assumption is “safe”, you need to be right every single time.

    It only needs to be dangerous once.

  6. As somebody on here pointed out, being extremely wary of strangers, especially those who look nothing like you, was until fairly recently a very sensible approach to have. Not so long ago seeing a stranger, especially one that looked and dressed differently, meant you were going to have to fight for your life.

  7. TN: Too right. Read Napoleon Chagnon’s book for description of some real-life behaviour. And the subsequent grief he got from the SJWs.

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