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SirSocrates
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Is it healthy to have prejudices or not ?

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Started: 5/27/2016 Category: People
Updated: 8 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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VioletBlack

Pro

Prejudice is prejudgment, or forming an opinion before becoming aware of the relevant facts of a case.
The word is often used to refer to preconceived, usually unfavorable, judgments toward people or a person because of gender, political opinion, social class, age, disability, religion, sexuality, race/ethnicity, language, nationality, or other personal characteristics.
I think it is essential to learning and growing" an integral part of human intellect" the ability to notice and extrapolate patterns in seemingly unpredictable and inconsistent chaos. Every scientific hypothesis is a presupposition, a prejudice, that gets proven or dis-proven in scientific experimentation" they are formed when we take many separate observations and induce a connection that may or may not exist; and we often utilize the irrational imagination to derive testable rationalizations and connections.
SirSocrates

Con

It is counterproductive to have prejudices, because they are often very much incorrect. Although you might be correct about your prejudice, if you are incorrect, the consequences might be much worse. For example, if you presume that all Muslims are terrorists, Muslims who aren't terrorists will not be as well treated. This may result in more Muslims who are angry with the population who are prejudiced against them, which might cause more terrorism, which is detrimental to the human race.
Debate Round No. 1
VioletBlack

Pro

Without the ability to generalize, humanity would still be swinging from trees throwing fecal matter at one another" or, at the very least we wouldn"t have invented fire yet, nor rocks or sticks. We wouldn"t have been able to observe one monkey using a stick and deduce that we could as well. We wouldn"t have been able to observe that one stick has a use and induce that others could as well.

Social stereotypes are no different than those of the physical sciences that have evolved technological understanding" psychologists and sociologists do it. The difference though is the fact that you and I don"t have Ph D"s in the subject matter. That fact alone is what turns us from being taken seriously as objective scientists to being taken as bigots.

Scientific truth is often ignored because it"s offensive to society; and accepted on pure faith without thorough understanding when it compliments or supports ones biases. Stereotype is healthy and a sign of intellect.
SirSocrates

Con

Let me clarify something: prejudices are very different from hypotheses. According to Merriam-Webster, a hypothesis is "an idea or theory that is not proven but that leads to further study or discussion," while a prejudice is "an unfair feeling of dislike for a person or group because of race, sex, religion, etc." If we were debating about hypotheses, you would've been utterly correct, but we aren't. We are debating about prejudices, and whether or not they are healthy. You might say that prejudices are healthy because they help us, but they are simply discriminating against a group of people who might or might not deserve it.
Debate Round No. 2
VioletBlack

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VioletBlack forfeited this round.
SirSocrates

Con

Since you forfeited this round, I shall concude with this: prejudices are extremely unhealthy, because they are discriminating against a certain group of people, even if they don't deserve it. Pejudice is simply discrimination without reason.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by SirSocrates 9 months ago
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To what extent are the prejudices this debate is about?
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