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Are human beings inherently racist ?

Discussion in 'Opinions, Beliefs, & Points of View' started by OutCaste, Feb 18, 2009.

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  1. OutCaste

    OutCaste Well-Known Member

    I think so.
  2. fromthatshow

    fromthatshow Staff Alumni SF Supporter

  3. Aaron

    Aaron Well-Known Member

    I don't think so, I think it's something that some of us learn.
  4. Issaccs

    Issaccs Well-Known Member

    Human beings are inherently distrusting of things that are different.
  5. fromthatshow

    fromthatshow Staff Alumni SF Supporter

    I think human beings are inherently good and conditioned to bad behaviours.
  6. aoeu

    aoeu Well-Known Member

    Yes. We are xenophobic by nature... In our evolutionary history, if someone was not in your immediate family they were an enemy. Period.

    However, we do have the gift of reason to allow us to overcome it in the modern, non-tribal age.
  7. Shiroi_Hana

    Shiroi_Hana Well-Known Member

    I really don't see what the point of that would be...
  8. aoeu

    aoeu Well-Known Member

    There's competition for limited resources. Either your family group is getting it, or another is... so it should be your family, no? Cooperation comes later.
  9. Issaccs

    Issaccs Well-Known Member

    An evolutionary throwback to a time when anything that wasn't your family was either going to eat you or steal your food supply.

    Edit - Think Lions of today, they kill cheetahs because theyre another big cat that would be sharing their food supply.
    A wild Tiger and a wild Lion put into the same environment will try to kill each other, despite being so genetically similar they can breed viable (albeit sterile) offspring and both species will fight off other members of the same species that encroach on their territory as it is a threat to their food source and ultimate survival, not to mention their tendency to kill unfamiliar babies who are no threat at all just to bring females back on heat.

    From an animalistic view humans do very well not to break into our neighbors homes and eat them.
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  10. Summer.Rain

    Summer.Rain Well-Known Member

    100% right, evolution as the answer to pretty much every human behavior.
  11. aoeu

    aoeu Well-Known Member

    No, evolution only explains instinctive behaviour. We have higher thought. We are responsible for using that to rise above instinctive behaviour.... Cooperation is a higher thought process and has produced everything good we've ever accomplished as a species.
  12. Lovecraft

    Lovecraft Well-Known Member

    We inherently create an identity, and decide what is "us" and "them". Not all of us hate "them", but that can be very reliant on nurture.
  13. bleach

    bleach Well-Known Member

    Cooperation is a result of the fact that humans can project deadly threat against members of our species from a distance, it has nothing to do with thought.

    The human brain is the result of a greatly increased developmental cycle relative to our body size. Without 9 months in the womb and many years of brain growth afterward, during which we are largely defenseless, we would NEVER achieve the intelligence we have now and that developmental cycle comes from cooperation. 'It takes a village to raise a child' because even the smallest human societies contain at least several families which need to aid and defend each other. Two humans could never provide the basics of life for the 10+ years it takes for a child to be even remotely competent in caring for herself, and 16+ years to full maturity. Our modern societies are just advanced versions of the tribal communities we first lived in.

    Our brain FOLLOWS from cooperation, it does not cause cooperation. There is no other biological way it could work. Impossible.

    All thoughts and behaviors are derived from evolved instinct--there are no exceptions.
  14. Whitewolf

    Whitewolf Well-Known Member

    You are conditioned to associate racists with "bad". :rolleyes:
  15. hammockmonkey

    hammockmonkey Well-Known Member

    Basing your judgments on someone completely off of sterotypes and assumptions is a good way to lead your life.
  16. Lovecraft

    Lovecraft Well-Known Member

    Ya, I've never met nazis and serial rapists. I should throw away the prejudices and meet them myself!

    That train goes two ways, buddy.
  17. jameslyons

    jameslyons Well-Known Member

    Intellectually what better way is there to know something than to look at its most superficial aspect and make an absolute judgment?
  18. Lyse

    Lyse Guest

    I can honestly say I have never been racist, even despite my father being one to a decent degree. Although by definition, I am a racist merely because I recognize the existence of different races among humans. Here in Sweden you are apparently not supposed to think such things, says political correctness.
  19. hammockmonkey

    hammockmonkey Well-Known Member

    Ah fuck it, no one would get it anyways.
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  20. Feared.Desire

    Feared.Desire Well-Known Member

    We’re discriminatory towards any minority, not naturally racist.

    Once anyone has the upper hand they are going to try and do anything to keep that upper hand. It’s human nature. Everyone wants to be on top.
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