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Identity, Culture, and Ethnocentrism

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A recent New Scientist article looked at the issue of ethnic prejudice and explored the thoughts and work of a variety researchers. The article explored a variety of opinions that there is some inherent psychology or evolutionary factor that has produced the human predilection for ‘grouping’ each other. Some of the thought, though, pointed out that such tendencies would seem to be a very crude adaptive tool. The article seems to conclude that humans may have inherent grouping biases from a very young age which are not simply the effect of socialization, but also that humans can be quickly made to empathize with those ‘outside the group’ and see them as individuals and real ‘persons.’

Related:

  • Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny. A recent book by the Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen, it explores the issue of singular vs. multiple identities and how the push for singular identity obscures paths to collectively beneficial futures.
  • Human Natures: Genes, Cultures, and the Human Prospect. A book Paul R. Ehrlich that explores the research and conclusions in evolution and biology to see the interdependence of biological and cultural evolution and the multiple ‘natures’ of homo sapiens.
  • The Responsibility to Protect: a recently articulated principle advocated for global relations.
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