How Stereotypes Create the World You Fear

The term ‘stereotype threat’ refers to being at risk of confirming, as self-characteristic, a negative stereotype about one’s group  (Steele & Aronson, 1995). This chapter investigates whether the self-enforcement mechanism of stereotype threat might work as the transmission mechanism through which we internalise authoritarian behaviour.

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Would You Suck Up to an AI Overlord?

Our reaction to the emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) tells more about humans than AI. Responses include three age-old fallacies:

1) Worshiping,
2) mistaking data with knowledge, and
3) the rehashing of the central planning fallacy. tumblr_p68dfaFMOc1skkfpco1_540

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Conspiracy Theories Against the Sense of Helplessness

How long would you enjoy playing a video game that has no rules? Or one that has but doesn’t let you know? Or it does, but it doesn’t tell you what your objective should be. Or the obstacles you should overcome.

I thought so.

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If Everyone Is Equal, You Know What Everyone Is Worth

The need to eliminate the sense of helplessness and to reinstate the sense of control explains many forms of, seemingly irrational, political behaviors. As a priority, getting rid of the feeling of helplessness beats many conscious and logical needs a voter could act upon.

The first way someone can try to do away with the sense of helplessness is gaining information edge.

Jm Navarro
Source: ArtPorn Magazine

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Conditional Morality And Cynicism In The Authoritarian Mind

One of the symptoms of unfree thinking is conditional morality – the view that one cannot afford to apply everyday moral standards under the circumstances. So when they look for guidance as to what is right and wrong, the will of the oppressor will fill the gap left behind by morality.

It is often covered up by cynicism, which is an obvious façade for the underlying sense of helplessness. Rebranding things from “I don’t even try” to “It couldn’t be done” is a way to rationalize as well as to pose as competent in the face of the crippling sense of helplessness. Continue reading “Conditional Morality And Cynicism In The Authoritarian Mind”

You Blame Them Because You Can’t Help Them

The human mind abhors the absence of control – and does everything in its power to avoid the sense of helplessness. When it cannot avoid it, it performs mind tricks to not to have to acknowledge it. One of these tricks is never seeking fault in the stronger, and never taking the side of the underdog, not even by accident. If you happen to agree with the stronger, there is no need to intervene. Lucky because you couldn’t do it if you wanted to.

Victim blaming and seeking fault in the underdog in general are mental efforts to maintain the illusion of control. Victim blaming is just its most conspicuous symptom, but disdain for the weak and the underdog is not limited to that. Continue reading “You Blame Them Because You Can’t Help Them”

Where Is Freedom in the Hierarchy of Needs?

We regard freedom as a luxury, only to be sought when all else is safe and secure – but it may be the other way around. The lack of freedom makes it harder to make money – and secure our livelihood. And ultimately, the lack of political freedom makes it hard to breathe – ask political prisoners hung for their views.  Continue reading “Where Is Freedom in the Hierarchy of Needs?”