Written Assignment 2 - Mindsets and Biases

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Critical Thinking for Homeland Security 2010-04-HLS-355-OL009 Written Assignment 2: Mindsets and Biases By Gabriel A. Godart Thomas Edison State College. Albert Einstein once said that “it is more difficult to overcome a prejudice than to break an atom”. For quite some time now, social scientists, especially psychologists and sociologists, have been researching on the subject of biases and mindsets. Biases or stereotypes are shared beliefs regarding not only personal characteristics but also behaviors of a group of people. Too often such biases are directly involved in the creation of mindsets, or in other words, shortcuts used to quickly but inefficiently solve problems, by using the same thinking process and solutions to past issues and applying them to the present one. In order not to fall in this trap, it is essential for us to determine how biases and mindsets are formed, so as to propose suggestions on how to overcome them. We will finally illustrate our case with two examples of how specific biases have appeared in a Homeland Security setting. Mindset and biases are, according to G.C. Lichtenberg “the mechanical instincts of men: through their prejudices they do without any effort many things they would find too difficult to think through to the point of resolving to do them. But how do they appear? They are part of our cultural heritage. They are transmitted the same way standards, values and habits are. Depending on where we live, on what language we speak, on what we look
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This note was uploaded on 05/10/2011 for the course HLS 355 taught by Professor Denis during the Spring '10 term at Thomas Edison State.

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