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Is it possible to think without prejudice?

 
 
Kala
 
Reply Sat 8 Jan, 2011 02:33 pm
Hi.

Please give me a thorough answer and tips for writing an essay based on that question.
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talk72000
 
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Reply Sat 8 Jan, 2011 02:44 pm
@Kala,
There will always be a little prejudice as you will think in relation to your viewpoint and interests. What you are interested in is what you are making an effort to know more about.
rosborne979
 
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Reply Sat 8 Jan, 2011 03:10 pm
@Kala,
Kala wrote:
Is it possible to think without prejudice?

No.
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HexHammer
 
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Reply Sat 8 Jan, 2011 04:01 pm
@Kala,
Kala wrote:
Please give me a thorough answer and tips for writing an essay based on that question.
Yes, some lawyers do so, and sometimes judges.
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littlek
 
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Reply Sat 8 Jan, 2011 04:03 pm
I also think it's impossible to be without prejudice. The best we can do is recognize it in ourselves and try to moderate it.
Setanta
 
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Reply Sat 8 Jan, 2011 04:05 pm
@littlek,
Best answer.
littlek
 
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Reply Sat 8 Jan, 2011 04:07 pm
@Setanta,
Thanks boss.
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fresco
 
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Reply Sat 8 Jan, 2011 04:18 pm
@Kala,
You asked for essay tips. We don't normally do homework here, but as a start I suggest you might base such a plan on the evidence for active versus passive perception, for the role of language in shaping thought, and for the tribalism displayed by other primates.
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eurocelticyankee
 
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Reply Sat 8 Jan, 2011 04:23 pm
Do students not think they have to do their own essays
these days, how else are you going to learn, if you don't
do your own research.
If my own son or daughter were doing an essay and asked
me for help, I'd certainly point them in the right direction,
a tip here, a hint there. But I'd run them if they had the nerve
to ask me for a thorough answer.
You're much better off doing your own research, It will stand
you in good stead in the long run.
Plus you'll take more pride in your work if you do it yourself.
Hit the Library, that's what their there for. I wouldn't entirely
rely on the web. GO for it.

Am I Right.??
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kennethamy
 
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Reply Sat 8 Jan, 2011 04:58 pm
@talk72000,
talk72000 wrote:

There will always be a little prejudice as you will think in relation to your viewpoint and interests. What you are interested in is what you are making an effort to know more about.


Why can I nor think about whether 13x10=130 without prejudice?
fresco
 
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Reply Sat 8 Jan, 2011 05:09 pm
@kennethamy,
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Why can I nor think about whether 13x10=130 without prejudice?


...because you would never "think" about that except in the context of "base 10" prejudice. Attempting to find trivial counter-examples merely implies you don't understand what W meant by "language on holiday".
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mickalos
 
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Reply Sat 8 Jan, 2011 07:25 pm
@kennethamy,
kennethamy wrote:

talk72000 wrote:

There will always be a little prejudice as you will think in relation to your viewpoint and interests. What you are interested in is what you are making an effort to know more about.


Why can I nor think about whether 13x10=130 without prejudice?

Isn't the worry at play here that if we are to know anything about how things really are, we need a perspective on reality that is not influenced by our concepts or the particular features and limits of that viewpoint (I think this worry is misplaced, but here it is). We want to get at the things that are really out there, and leave behind those features of experience that are dependent on our point of view; for example, colours are often taken to be artefacts of our own subjective perspective on reality. So the idea is that we want a view from outside our beliefs and concepts. As Nagel puts it, a view from nowhere; or as McDowell puts it, a sideways on perspective; or to gloss it in terms of the Davidsonian dualism between scheme and content, we want to get at the bare content of reality, and leave the scheme behind.

The problem with this hankering, of course, is that what we hanker for is unintelligible. A view from nowhere is a contradiction, we are confronted by reality from the standpoint of engagement; the head on view rather than the sideways on view, and it is difficult to see how it could be any other way. One way of resolving this has been to hanker after view point that isn't just a mere point of view, but is instead something like a transparent viewpoint that does reveal the fabric of the world to us.

Modern science plays this role in our culture. At least, it plays the role of something that is working its way towards transparency. The idea being that the scientific method is gradually revelatory of how things actually are, and at the ideal point that the 20th century pragmatists envisaged, 'the end of inquiry', it will give us the transparent view that we hanker for.

However, the problem here is that the original problem simply raises its head again at this level. What reason have we got to suppose that the scientific method provides a transparent viewpoint? The choice we make as to our method of inquiry will inevitably be determined by how we believe the world to be. That is to say, the way I believe the world to be will determine how I go about acquiring knowledge of it. One's beliefs about which sorts of transactions with the world yield knowledge are not prior to one's beliefs about what the world is like. I don't go to the oracle, because I don't think the world is constituted such that the oracle's prophecies yield knowledge. The point is that the question, "Does this reasoning deserve our allegiance?" can only intelligibly be asked from a point of engagement, from which the answer will generally be yes.

I don't see any reason why the thought shouldn't generalise to mathematics.
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vikorr
 
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Reply Sat 8 Jan, 2011 07:40 pm
Are you writing a high school essay?

First of all you have to understand and define what prejudice is, why it occurs, and how it operates.

Then you need to give examples to support what you just said....that's the majority of your essay just there.

Personally, I think you came to the wrong site to try and get an answer.
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north
 
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Reply Sat 8 Jan, 2011 07:48 pm
@Kala,
Kala wrote:

Hi.

Please give me a thorough answer and tips for writing an essay based on that question.


at first no

but if you criticize and question your thinking and allow yourself to be shown wrong , by whom ever , then your thinking evolves , to the point of being without prejudice
HexHammer
 
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Reply Mon 10 Jan, 2011 03:18 pm
@littlek,
littlek wrote:

I also think it's impossible to be without prejudice. The best we can do is recognize it in ourselves and try to moderate it.
Oh? Lawyers defending child molestors and serial killers etc?
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johndoethelast
 
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Reply Thu 20 Jan, 2011 06:39 pm
@north,
please give me a thorough definition of what you think is meant by the term "prejudice".
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maxdancona
 
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Reply Thu 20 Jan, 2011 07:14 pm
Anyone who agrees with me has no prejudice.

I always agree with me.
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JLNobody
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2011 06:06 pm
Much, but not all, thinking is motivated, that is to say (following Fresco's distinction) ACTIVE or prejudiced. This means that it is interested, valued laden and grounded in presuppositions (some conscious and some tacit). Perhaps a major exception would be the PASSIVE or less-than-conscious activity of the mind seen in forms of eastern meditation.
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JLNobody
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2011 06:06 pm
Much, but not all, thinking is motivated, that is to say (following Fresco's distinction) ACTIVE or prejudiced. This means that it is interested, valued laden and grounded in presuppositions (some conscious and some tacit). Perhaps a major exception would be the PASSIVE or less-than-conscious activity of the mind seen in forms of eastern meditation.
JLNobody
 
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Reply Sun 27 Mar, 2011 10:25 am
@JLNobody,
I didn't get that quite right. Passive mental activity would include the less-than-conscious activity during sleep or hallucination. Mental activity during meditation--wherein there is little ego involvement--might be characterized as intensely aware but disinterested (and perhaps transcendental with respect to cultural presuppositions).
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