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Humans Hell Bent on Destroying Themselves?

 
The Red Monk
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Humans Hell Bent on Destroying Themselves?
The Human race seems hell bent on destroying itself at all costs, whether the Israeli’s & Palestinians to occupying Iraq & threatening those nations that don’t do as they please like trained lap dogs. Since time Immorium the human race has been at each others throats & kept their neighbors children starving all in the name of preserving the right to be right.

Now in the sixth year of the new millennium, is this the best the human race can do?
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07/02/2006 04:51 PM
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Yes, because of the tribalism mindset and lack of interest in education as in how to think independently and break free of the status quo we were raised within.

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Scientists prove people are naturally subconsciously prejudiced to all outsiders as less then human


Detecting prejudice in the brain

Three Florida teenagers recently pleaded not guilty to the brutal beatings and in one case, death, of homeless men. One of the beatings was caught on surveillance video and in a most chilling way illustrates how people can degrade socially outcast individuals, enough to engage in mockery, physical abuse, and even murder. According to new research, the brain processes social outsiders as less than human; brain imaging provides accurate depictions of this prejudice at an unconscious level.

A new study by Princeton University psychology researchers Lasana Harris and Susan Fiske shows that when viewing photographs of social out-groups, people respond to them with disgust, not a feeling of fellow humanity. The findings are reported in the article "Dehumanizing the Lowest of the Low: Neuro-imaging responses to Extreme Outgroups" in a forthcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science (previously the American Psychological Society).

Twenty four Princeton University undergraduates viewed a large number of color photographs of different social groups (including Olympic athletes, business professionals, elderly people, and drug addicts), and images of objects (including the Space Shuttle, a sports car, a cemetery, and an overflowing toilet) that elicited the emotions of pride, envy, pity, or disgust. The four emotions were derived from the Stereotype Content Model (SCM), which predicts differentiated prejudices based on warmth and competence. Warmth was determined by friendliness, competence by capability. The two emotional extremes were pride and disgust; pride elicited high warmth and high perception of competence, and disgust elicited low warmth and low perception of competence. Envy and pity were considered moderate prejudices; envy elicited low warmth and high perception of competence, and pity elicited high warmth and low perception of competence.

Medial prefrontal cortex (MPFC) brain imaging determined if the students accurately chose the correct emotion illustrated by the picture (according to pretest results in which a different group of students determined the emotion that best fit each photograph). The MPFC is only activated when a person thinks about him- or her-self or another human. When viewing a picture representing disgust, however, no significant MPFC brain activity was recorded, showing that students did not perceive members of social out-groups as human. The area was only activated when viewing photographs that elicited pride, envy, and pity. (However, other brain regions -- the amygdala and insula -- were activated when viewing photographs of "disgusting" people and nonhuman objects.)

Emotions themselves were not responsible for generating this brain activity. Rather, it was the actual image viewed that produced a response. The MPFC only showed significant activity when a person saw or thought about a human being. The authors conclude that this lack of MPFC brain activity while viewing photographs of people proves that "members of some social groups seem to be dehumanized."

Social out-groups are perceived as unable to experience complex human emotions, share in-group beliefs, or act according to societal norms, moral rules, and values. The authors describe this as "extreme discrimination revealing the worst kind of prejudice: excluding out-groups from full humanity." Their study provides evidence that while individuals may consciously see members of social out-groups as people, the brain processes social out-groups as something less than human, whether we are aware of it or not. According to the authors, brain imaging provides a more accurate depiction of this prejudice than the verbal reporting usually used in research studies.

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For more information, contact Lasana Harris at ltharris@princeton.edu or Susan Fiske at sfiske@princeton.edu
Psychological Science is ranked among the top 10 general psychology journals for impact by the Institute for Scientific Information.

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TRM (OP)
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07/02/2006 04:57 PM
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While that may be true does that then remove personal responsibility, completely from the individual, to choose to be violent or to possibly choose another option as a means of resolution?

I believe most actions thoughts & obviously outcomes in life are purely decided by individual actions & choices. One can either choose to be civil or they can choose to be less than human.

However the choice is theirs to make.
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07/02/2006 05:06 PM
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11939: You perceive with open eyes and thus will not be caught unaware.
TRM
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11939: You perceive with open eyes and thus will not be caught unaware.
 Quoting: gsbltd 111951



It's not me that I'm concerned about. It does seem highly unlikely however, that the species hasn't evolved out of this...don't ya think?
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The Human race seems hell bent on destroying itself at all costs, whether the Israeli’s & Palestinians to occupying Iraq & threatening those nations that don’t do as they please like trained lap dogs. Since time Immorium the human race has been at each others throats & kept their neighbors children starving all in the name of preserving the right to be right.

Now in the sixth year of the new millennium, is this the best the human race can do?

red monk:

what if some humans are intent on convincing the rest to destroy themselves?

conspiracy seems to go right along with immediate denial of conspiracy -- and due to this pattern of deciet many people are decieved. "brainwashed' some might say into forgetting what is really important, into having a sense of futility rather than autonomy.
 Quoting: chiptruth


But of course it's not only possible, but a histioric fact that throughout history, a minority has always attempted to seek control of the majority.. through one means or another...however, it's not without the cooperation of the majority!

Now then where the hell did I put my TV remote *LOL* But seriously the species should be further along the evolutionary scale by now...if they were maybe they wouldn't feel the continuous need to pull out into oncoming traffic :)
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07/02/2006 10:53 PM
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The Human race seems hell bent on destroying itself at all costs

GOOD!
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The Human race seems hell bent on destroying itself at all costs

GOOD!
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