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Thread: Bias: Always a bad thing?

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    Bias: Always a bad thing?

    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?
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    Re: Bias: Always a bad thing?

    Gah, misspelled "sometimes" as "somtimes" in one poll option, can a mod change it please?
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    Re: Bias: Always a bad thing?

    To me, bias is perfectly natural and normal, so I have no problem with it as long as it doesn't cause harm.
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    Re: Bias: Always a bad thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    To me, bias is perfectly natural and normal, so I have no problem with it as long as it doesn't cause harm.
    I agree, it is both natural, and in certain situations, benefitial. But like all things, it is best taken in moderation.
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    Re: Bias: Always a bad thing?

    Bias is ingrained....our upbringing, education and personal experiences form us.

    I own two successful businesses...surely, my view of the world, our economy, taxes, and our political environment is different than a welfare dependent brood mare, a whining union member, or a government employee seeking security on the public dole.

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    Re: Bias: Always a bad thing?

    ... if it is the most you're capable of it is the most you are capable of.


    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?
    Bias is unjustified antipathy, antipathy based on intuition, pretense, or impression. It may turn out later antipathy toward something is justifiable, but the due process of justice had nothing to do with your feelings of hostility.

    You can't expect a person given to bias to consistently be right on the mark. As a quality of character, a propensity to bias is not an admirable thing.

    I own two successful businesses...surely, my view of the world, our economy, taxes, and our political environment is different than a welfare dependent brood mare, a whining union member, or a government employee seeking security on the public dole.
    Welfare is a preemptive check on crime.

    Unions wouldn't exist if manufacturers could consistently treat their employees like human beings.

    Government employees do good work and often work long hours.
    Last edited by Morality Games; 05-15-10 at 12:41 AM.
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    Re: Bias: Always a bad thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Morality Games View Post
    ... if it is the most you're capable of it is the most you are capable of.




    Bias is unjustified antipathy, antipathy based on intuition, pretense, or impression. It may turn out later antipathy toward something is justifiable, but the due process of justice had nothing to do with your feelings of hostility.

    You can't expect a person given to bias to consistently be right on the mark. As a quality of character, a propensity to bias is not an admirable thing.

    Bias is ingrained....our upbringing, education and personal experiences form us.



    Welfare is a preemptive check on crime.

    Unions wouldn't exist if manufacturers could consistently treat their employees like human beings.

    Government employees do good work and often work long hours.
    My statement is borne from personal life experiences....which has created my opinions (bias)....accept it.

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    Re: Bias: Always a bad thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by webrockk View Post
    My statement is borne from personal life experiences....which has created my opinions (bias)....accept it.
    Experiences that have been interpreted in a manner that are either true or false.
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    Re: Bias: Always a bad thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Morality Games View Post
    Experiences that have been interpreted in a manner that are either true or false.
    For the sake of argument, bias is acceptable because, as you said, it can be from correct interpretations, and the bias itself can be correct.
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    Re: Bias: Always a bad thing?

    Quote Originally Posted by Morality Games View Post
    Experiences that have been interpreted in a manner that are either true or false.
    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.

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