What problems can categorization cause?

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What problems can categorization cause?

  1. 1. What problems can categorization cause? Unit 1, Problem 3
  2. 2. Let’s revisit our earlier decisions Who are you more likely to ask…
  3. 3. For advice about right and wrong? <ul><li>An atheist evolutionary biologist? </li></ul><ul><li>A religious scholar and spiritual leader? </li></ul>
  4. 4. For advice about right and wrong? <ul><li>Richard Dawkins: </li></ul><ul><li>An atheist evolutionary biologist famous for his argument that we don’t need God to have morals. </li></ul><ul><li>B. Grand Ayatollah Khomeini: </li></ul><ul><li>A religious spiritual leader and scholar, and the supreme leader of Iran. Famous for violently suppressing protests against corrupt Iranian elections. </li></ul>
  5. 5. For advice on running a successful political campaign? <ul><li>An impoverished former lawyer? </li></ul><ul><li>A wealthy former US president? </li></ul>
  6. 6. For advice on running a successful political campaign? <ul><li>Mahatma Gandhi: </li></ul><ul><li>An impoverished lawyer famous for taking on a life of poverty and running the most successful non-violent anti-colonialist campaign of all time. </li></ul><ul><li>B. Richard Nixon: </li></ul><ul><li>A former US president famous for stepping down from office because of crimes committed on the campaign trail. </li></ul>
  7. 7. For parenting advice? <ul><li>A stay-at-home mom with a large family? </li></ul><ul><li>A divorced male Hollywood star? </li></ul>
  8. 8. For parenting advice? <ul><li>A. “Octo-mom”: </li></ul><ul><li>A stay-at-home mom with a large family famous for being accused of being unfit to raise children and trying to look like Angelina Jolie. </li></ul><ul><li>B. Dr. Phil: </li></ul><ul><li>A divorced male Hollywood star and world famous relationship councilor. </li></ul>
  9. 9. To build a community center in your town? <ul><li>1. A Christian from the American South? </li></ul><ul><li>2. A Muslim from the Indian South? </li></ul>
  10. 10. To build a community center in your town? <ul><li>Pastor Terry Jones: </li></ul><ul><li>A Christian from the American South famous for threatening to burn Korans. </li></ul><ul><li>B. Salman Rushdie: </li></ul><ul><li>A Muslim from the Indian South famous for writing prize-winning novels and threats made against his life by radical Muslims. </li></ul>
  11. 11. For investment advice? <ul><li>1. A former waitress from California? </li></ul><ul><li>2. A former chairman of the NASDAQ stock market from New York? </li></ul>
  12. 12. For investment advice? <ul><li>Suze Orman: </li></ul><ul><li>A former waitress from California, best selling author, and world-renowned financial advisor. </li></ul><ul><li>B. Bernie Madoff: </li></ul><ul><li>A former chairman of the NASDAQ stock market from New York recently convicted of conducting world’s largest investment scam. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Based on the research you have conducted, what problems arise when categorizing people?

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