Sentences (#26)

Not only stereotypes, but inferential processes terminating in stereotypes:

I’ve never been so disgusted with my own data,” said lead author Colin Holbrook, an anthropologist at UCLA.


During the next round of discussion on ‘The Cathedral’ substitutes, it might be worth throwing in (or up) ‘The Vomitorium’. (Although the word is bound to an unreliable legend, it turns out.)

October 9, 2015admin 14 Comments »


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  • scientism Says:

    The worst what yet to come though.

    “We decided to check the stereotypes against the statistical attributes of the groups in question. It’s just one of those things you have to do when you’re a scientist, whether you’re comfortable with it or not.” The results were shocking. “Black men were physically larger, more aggressive and tended to be lower in status. It’s like, God is racist. I couldn’t believe it. We immediately scrapped the whole study.”

    Holbrook now studies animals.


    Posted on October 9th, 2015 at 5:46 pm Reply | Quote
  • Thales Says:

    Good lord, they’re trolling themselves now…


    Posted on October 9th, 2015 at 5:56 pm Reply | Quote
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    Posted on October 9th, 2015 at 7:08 pm Reply | Quote
  • Scharlach Says:

    Even from a neutral standpoint, to fallback on “racism” as THE explanation for these results is anti-intellectualism of the highest order.

    Two obvious alternative explanations are, of course, that black-sounding names do correlate with lower socio-economic status (according to the Freyer and Levitt study, which was discussed in the original Freakonomics) and the fact that most white California liberals will only come across black names on Sunday afternoons while watching gridiron football, hence why they associate black names with big dudes.

    “Stereotypes” can be interesting things to study: how do X characteristics come to be associated with Y traits? However, these researchers (and I use that word ironically) aren’t interested in studying a social phenomenon. They’re interested in sussing out the racism that they know exists, a priori, in any and all test subjects, so they can report to the media that they have found more racism. It is much like how I imagine Soviet researchers constantly discovered what the Party had already agreed upon.


    Posted on October 9th, 2015 at 7:43 pm Reply | Quote
  • Jehu Says:

    It is really rare for a stereotype to be less than about 80% accurate. There’s a reason why they exist.


    Posted on October 9th, 2015 at 8:02 pm Reply | Quote
  • @mr_archenemy Says:

    And what sort of assumptions might we make about a person attached to a name like C. Colin Holbrook? Stereotypes confirmed!


    Lucian of Samosata Reply:

    If mental gymnastics were actual gymnastics, this guy would be Alina Kabaeva.


    Dark Psy-Ops Reply:

    His PHD work actually looks very interesting…


    Posted on October 9th, 2015 at 9:02 pm Reply | Quote
  • NRx_N00B Says:

    lol, now they should try to quantify said “racism” by randomly selecting 100 people with the names used in the study—then do some behavioral testing on each sample/name group.


    Posted on October 10th, 2015 at 5:03 am Reply | Quote
  • NRx_N00B Says:

    Perhaps they’d discover that Bayes’ rule is important in understanding human cognition/learning/experience?


    Posted on October 10th, 2015 at 5:08 am Reply | Quote
  • unknown128 Says:

    Actualy Steven Pinker in the blank slate shows very well that most steryotypes actualy dont go far enough and undervalue the real facts but otherwise are surprisingly acurate.


    Posted on October 10th, 2015 at 11:30 am Reply | Quote
  • Mark Citadel Says:

    It says a lot. What we can infer is that MANY more findings have ‘disgusted’ researchers, and have unlike this one been buried to prevent anyone knowing about them


    Posted on October 10th, 2015 at 11:42 am Reply | Quote
  • unknown128 Says:

    Didnt Pinker in “the blank slate” cite research that shows that most steryotypes are actualy quiet true (and stereotypes most times actualy dont go far enough in their steryotyping)?


    admin Reply:

    Pinker, Derbyshire, Sailer … everyone who remotely values noticing has said it.


    Posted on October 11th, 2015 at 11:48 am Reply | Quote

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