Post Originally in spanish: Illusionism of the prehistoric era? by Iris Oropesa Mecías @juventudrebelde
Summary of the original article translated into English by @CubanWindow
Psychology tips to overcome intolerance at the individual level:
- First and foremost, be aware and assume that we pre-judge as an easy and quick way out of our brain.
- Take time to meet the other. Erase any previous thoughts you may have generated. It does not matter what you’ve heard. Assume the uncertainty that you do not know and you do not know. It will be astounding the result.
- “If you have doubts, if you believe something and do not know if it is so, ask. It is better to ask than to assume a nonexistent reality.
- “And finally, choose to respect.”
There are numerous scientists who bet on responding to intolerance and the politics of fear with the most forceful reaction: it is the fight of scientific truth against exclusion.
Studies has revealed that six-year-old American girls mistakenly think that “brilliance” or intelligence is “boys’ thing.” The study, based on population samples from the United States, also revealed that girls investigated, unlike boys, do not believe that their innate abilities include the ability to get good grades at school.
Andrei Cimpian, a researcher at New York University, said the work demonstrates how even young children absorb and are influenced by learned stereotypes, such as the idea that brilliance and talent are more common among mens.
“Since these ideas are present at such a young age, they have so much time to affect the educational trajectories of boys and girls,” said Cimpian, quoted by the British newspaper The Guardian.
Published in the journal Science, the work reveals that researchers from three universities in the United States conducted the study with 400 children, including 200 girls, to test how the influence of stereotypes on the notion of intelligence and behavior Ability of infants.
Prehistory in the 21st Century
Along the same path to combat prejudice comes a new scientific concept, coined this time by the Mexican academic and professor of neurobiology Lydia Villa Komaroff: the notion of “implicit prejudice.” After evidencing that many American universities were disdaining talent that existed in communities such as Latin or African-American, this academic directed their studies towards such problematic, with a view to unravel the subtle roots that mark those institutional decisions. However, the implications of their discoveries come to every human individual.