The question, then, is why do the deaths of only some people from obscure diseases cause us to panic? And how can we be so unfeeling when we have the power to save the lives of millions by relatively simple, inexpensive precautions and treatments? The answer possibly lies in the profound hold that stereotypes have over our assessment of threats and our ability to empathise with others. Recent psychological research, including the mapping of brain activity, has established that stereotypes have a very powerful hold over us.
Interesting to see stereotypes and the efffects of stereotyping in blogs today. Jon’s cartoon over at ASBO Jesus and John Watson’s article pointed to by Hold this space cause us think what real effects stereotypes can have on how we react.
The article makes interesting reading and is a good topic for discussion.