Unformatted text preview: remember that common sense is not truth in any objective sense. It is only a shared social idea that people find comfortable and safe. Example: Simple Dichotomies The seemingly persistent tendency for human beings to think in terms of simple dichotomies to understand society perplexed Fernando Henrique Cardoso. To emphasize the simplicity of such thinking he used the metaphor of two space travelers encountering earth for the first time. The space travelers express shock at the simplicity of the earthlings. They might say, "the brain of these beings appears to limit their images and thoughts to binary opposites" (Cardoso, 1977). Example: Who is Rich, Who is Poor? Asian-Americans have the highest per capita median income in the United States while Native-Americas have to lowest. This contradicts the usually accepted notion that Blacks and Whites define the top and bottom of American society....
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- Fall '10
- Thought, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Binary opposition