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To people who often post "stop generalising"

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    If people are more likely to do something and evidence backs this up, do you still think it's bad to "generalise" even if evidence suggests the majority are like this, or a group is far more likely to contain these characteristics?

    If you were on your own and approached by someone stereotypically a criminal, would you not take any precautions because that would be generalising?
    Isn't it just human nature to generalise, coming from our tribal instincts?

    Wouldn't society be a lot worse if everyone stopped generalising?

    How do you suggest welfare payments are made? Car insurance quotes given? Treatment given (surely efficacy is a generalisation?) university places given? Surely society would be far worse without it?

    What do you think you achieve by posting this?

    Do you not think it is a terrible argument against something as it can be used in almost any argument and a 1 year old could learn that "argument"
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    I agree; society is based on generalisations-university admissions, welfare checks, investments, most things really.
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    Oh hey, my signature's relevant to this topic.
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    I take precautions regarding criminals. Where I'm from, men from certain countries are overrepresented in certain crimes, and obviously all girls pay attention to this. Everybody knows not all of them are like that, but I don't walk home alone with one just to prove that I am tolerant. It isn't worth it.
    Obviously stereotyping shouldn't affect your entire life. I don't look at a girl from a certain background and make conclusions - with friends I am quite open and have friends of every culture.
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    I know, not only children listen to Duck Songs
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    Don;t generalise those who say "don't generalise" hypocrite
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    (Original post by *Lollo*)
    I take precautions regarding criminals. Where I'm from, men from certain countries are overrepresented in certain crimes, and obviously all girls pay attention to this. Everybody knows not all of them are like that, but I don't walk home alone with one just to prove that I am tolerant. It isn't worth it.
    Obviously stereotyping shouldn't affect your entire life. I don't look at a girl from a certain background and make conclusions - with friends I am quite open and have friends of every culture.
    where are you from?
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    (Original post by Frongle)
    Don;t generalise those who say "don't generalise" hypocrite
    dumbass
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    it can be bad depending on the context. It doesnt matter if the majority adhere to something. The individual does not have to adhere to whatever the generalisation is about...therefore generalising is pointless as it ends up implying everyone from the population adheres to it.

    That is up to the individual. If one was no taught this stereotype, would there be any precaution?
    dont lump human nature into this...

    id say society would be worse if people didnt stop generalising...

    i dont know about everyone else, but i comment about people generalising so that they can stop making the same stupid mistakes...

    im guessing a lot of people have told you that you were generalising, am i correct?
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    It's better to judge the individual on their own merits rather than whatever the majority does.
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    (Original post by Peteo)
    If people are more likely to do something and evidence backs this up, do you still think it's bad to "generalise" even if evidence suggests the majority are like this, or a group is far more likely to contain these characteristics?

    If you were on your own and approached by someone stereotypically a criminal, would you not take any precautions because that would be generalising?
    Isn't it just human nature to generalise, coming from our tribal instincts?

    Wouldn't society be a lot worse if everyone stopped generalising?

    What do you think you achieve by posting this?

    Do you not think it is a terrible argument against something as it can be used in almost any argument and a 1 year old could learn that "argument"

    I see what your saying but if someone said something along the lines of " I don't date black guys because they are all violent and in gangs" I would be very inclined to tell them to stop generalizing and stfu
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    (Original post by JonathanDuhamel)
    I know, not only children listen to Duck Songs
    Hey...

    Got any grapes?
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    Most of the generalisations that I've read on TSR are just plain stupid, e.g. 'British girls are too promiscuous'. On a more serious note, I don't really see the upside of generalisations? Using generalisations can be dangerous with regards to forming prejudices.
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    (Original post by noobynoo)
    where are you from?
    Norway
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    (Original post by *Lollo*)
    Norway
    Ha I was thinking Sweden! You hear about the immigrants raping all the Swedish girls. Don't know if it's true or just far right propaganda.
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    (Original post by Dmon1Unlimited)
    it can be bad depending on the context. It doesnt matter if the majority adhere to something. The individual does not have to adhere to whatever the generalisation is about...therefore generalising is pointless as it ends up implying everyone from the population adheres to it.

    That is up to the individual. If one was no taught this stereotype, would there be any precaution?
    dont lump human nature into this...

    id say society would be worse if people didnt stop generalising...

    i dont know about everyone else, but i comment about people generalising so that they can stop making the same stupid mistakes...

    im guessing a lot of people have told you that you were generalising, am i correct?
    How do you suggest welfare payments are made? Car insurance quotes given? Treatment given (surely efficacy is a generalisation?) university places given? Surely society would be far worse without it?
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    (Original post by noobynoo)
    Ha I was thinking Sweden! You hear about the immigrants raping all the Swedish girls. Don't know if it's true or just far right propaganda.
    No it is true. And it's the same in Norway. There is no such thing as "far right propaganda" in Norway, the country is politically as left-wing and socialist as can be.
    The police is meant to be neutral at all times, but they have to speak the truth. We had a massive amount of rapes in Oslo last summer (june, july, august), the chief of police answered questions in a press conference. She then said that they had managed to catch most of the men (due to more videocameras in the city), and 100% of them were non-Norwegian, either from Africa or Middle East. So yes, that does something to people. I mean honestly, not 9 out of 10, 100%.
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    People over use this word because most generalisations made here are moronic. Don't blame them blame the thread starters.
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    If there is actual evidence to support the claims then they can generalize all they want. But most people come in with an attitude similar to: "My girlfriend cheated on me... Why is it that no women want to have a genuine relationship? Now she's with a jerk so girls obviously are liars when they say they like nice guys."

    There is no evidence to support any of those claims. If someone says that, he's basing an entire gender on his one bad experience.
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    (Original post by Frongle)
    Don;t generalise those who say "don't generalise" hypocrite
    How's it hypocritical?

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