View Poll Results: Bias: Always a bad thing?

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  • Always, yes.

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  • Somtimes, yes.

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  • Neither yes nor no.

    8 17.78%
  • Sometimes, no.

    11 24.44%
  • Always, no.

    3 6.67%
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    Re: Bias: Always a bad thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    So, a thought occurred to me.

    Is bias always a bad thing?

    For example, if I examined an incident, person, thing, place, or whatever, and found that it violated all or some laws both legal and moral (and personal and general), would I be wrong to find myself biased against it?

    For example, I can safely say that the majority of people are biased against the way Nazi Germany treated Jews and other people in their concentration camps.

    Is this a bad thing?
    By definition, yes.
    It doesn't allow one to see as clearly as one would without it.
    Might as well ask: "Blinders: always a bad thing?"

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    Re: Bias: Always a bad thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by webrockk View Post
    Truth also seems to be subjective for some. I'll stick to a truth that hard work, creativity, perserverence....(didn't happen over night, my friend) that has suststain me, an individual, and my family without government handouts and government health care....

    of course my financial stake in the success? of this nation tints my bias, as well.
    Welfare recipients, unions, and government employees shouldn't have to be evil for your accomplishments to have worth.
    If you notice something good in yourself, give credit to God, not to yourself, but be certain the evil you commit is always your own and yours to acknowledge.

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    Re: Bias: Always a bad thing?

    Without bias, there won't be opinions. Without opinions, society will fall. Without society, humans will die. Without humans, we won't be talking about things like these in a human-made invention.

    Of course, overly bias is a bad thing.
    "The misery of being exploited by capitalists is nothing compared to the misery of not being exploited at all" - Joan Robinson
    "The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries" - Winston Churchill

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    Re: Bias: Always a bad thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Morality Games View Post
    Welfare recipients, unions, and government employees shouldn't have to be evil for your accomplishments to have worth.
    "Evil" ... your perception (bias), not mine. Upbringing and personal life experience affect our opinions (bias)......"I'm 15, my dad's in a union, and works for a Detroit auto manufacturer....". "I'm 19, unemployed, and have three children from three different daddy's.....". "I'm a state worker, and if I can just hold out for eight more years, I'll get a sweet pension....." "I'm self employed, and beat the streets seven days a week for every dollar I earn...." I'm a Wall Street executive that just knocked down 2.5 million this month...."

    Bias....opinions formed by life experience.
    Last edited by webrockk; 05-15-10 at 01:59 AM.

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    Re: Bias: Always a bad thing?

    We all have bias. It can be bad when someone with a biased opinion refuses to hear or consider the other side of an argument.

    I try to recognize my bias in order to keep an open mind about things.

    Its appears to me that many don't share this quality.

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