Author Topic: Abstraction & Generalization Culture  (Read 533 times)

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Offline Dia

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Re: Abstraction & Generalization Culture
« on: October 07, 2021, 02:03:50 pm »


What about when you're not talking about people ?  What about organizations or groups like 'corporations' ?

Are we hamstrung to use empirical data in every observation we make ?

I think the only true generalization that one might make is that they're out to make money.  But beyond that, they're probably diverse as to how they achieve that goal.  We only hear about the 'bad' ones, but there are millions (or maybe billions around the world) who we never hear about. 

How does using empirical data to support our statements hamstring us?  I think it would reduce the incidence of misinformation and teach people how to recognize truth from fiction. 

I don't mean everything one says in casual conversation has to come with a cite from authority,  if that's what you were thinking.  But if politicians, for example, had to 'prove' the benefit of their programs or the risk of the opposing party's programs, they ought to be able to do it using empirical evidence - not merely fear-mongering.    Ideally people would be able to hear that evidence and assess it with an open mind.  Yes, a pipe-dream, LOL.