The Cosmopolitan Divide, part 6

But sometimes what looks like a pattern is not. Seeing two or three examples of some aspect of x that actively catch your attention can lead you think that this is the only aspect of x. If, while flipping television channels, you come across three different crime procedural programs, each starring a left-handed brunette with a mole on his upper lip, you may make the assumption that all crime procedurals star left-handed brunettes with a mole on their upper lips. The example is purposefully ridiculous so that I may point out that it is also ridiculous when the patterns “observed” are that black students underachieve, members of other religions do not share your moral sense, pot smokers are lazy, clothes are an indicator of sexual activity.

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