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  •  Reacting to the "other" (3+ / 0-)

    Is it built in? 60 Minutes did a fascinating piece last week on some work with infants, testing their reactions to whether certain actions were fair or unfair etc. In one segment they give the infant a choice of which stuffed animal is "good" - the one that likes the same snack they do, or the one that likes a different snack.

    In offering babies this seemingly small, innocuous choice -- graham crackers or Cheerios -- Wynn is probing something big: the origins of bias. The tendency to prefer others who are similar to ourselves.

    Karen Wynn: Adults will like others who share even really absolutely trivial similarities with them.

    So will Nate, who chose Cheerios over graham crackers, prefer this orange cat, who also likes Cheerios -- over the grey cat who likes graham crackers instead?

    Wynn showed babies the grey cat -- the one who liked the opposite food, struggling to open up the box to get a toy. Will Gregory here want to see the graham cracker eater treated well? Or does he want him treated badly?
    Gregory seemed to want the different puppet treated badly.

    " can’t find any oxygen from outside the aircraft to get in the aircraft, because the windows don’t open. I don’t know why they don’t do that. It’s a real problem." Mitt Romney

    by Catte Nappe on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 01:21:05 PM PST

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    •  Awesome link. Thanks! It's interesting (1+ / 0-)
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      that the article is based around morality and that this sense of bias appears to be a result.  Very cool...

      The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking. A. A. Milne

      by Memory Corrupted on Wed Nov 21, 2012 at 06:43:47 AM PST

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