1. anon3396357's Avatar
    Snippets from the article:

    The Misconception: You celebrate diversity and respect others’ points of view.

    The Truth: You are driven to create and form groups and then believe others are wrong just because they are others.

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    The illusion of asymmetric insight makes it seem as though you know everyone else far better than they know you, and not only that, but you know them better than they know themselves. You believe the same thing about groups of which you are a member. As a whole, your group understands outsiders better than outsiders understand your group, and you understand the group better than its members know the group to which they belong.

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    The truth is, you are succumbing to the illusion of asymmetric insight, and as part of a flatter, more-connected, always-on world, you will be tasked with seeing through this illusion more and more often as you are presented with more opportunities than ever to confront and define those who you feel are not in your tribe. Your ancestors rarely made any contact with people of opposing views with anything other than the end of a weapon, so your natural instinct is to assume anyone not in your group is wrong just because they are not in your group. Remember, you are not so smart, and what seems like an insight is often an illusion.
    The Illusion of Asymmetric Insight You Are Not So Smart

    Warning: Very long read. It's so long I'm not gonna quote it here, but if someone else wants to do it feel free to do so. Get a cup of coffee and enjoy! (that's if, you enjoy reading)
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    11-11-11 10:33 AM
  2. anon3396357's Avatar
    After browsing the site for a while more I found an even more relevant article:

    Fanboyism and Brand Loyalty

    The Misconception: You prefer the things you own over the things you dont because you made rational choices when we bought them.

    The Truth: You prefer the things you own because you rationalize your past choices to protect your sense of self.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    11-11-11 10:48 AM
  3. sam_b77's Avatar
    LOL, the same concepts explain the fanaticism toward religion.
    Its part of the human evolution. Richard Dawkins explains it best. Humans need to belong to a group as only a group provides us the security and freedom to advance ourselves by providing assured resources. Once we commit ourselves to a particular group, tribe, religion then all other groups, tribes and religions are seen to be a threat to our chosen way of life.
    In the modern world, the concept of tribe has become huge (countries), and most religions have become mature (most not all, some still indulge in blowing stuff up, but that's another discussion), so that leaves us with finding other groups which are smaller and feeds our evolutionary needs of belonging. That translates to cars, computers and smartphones amongst other things. And that is what we see in the forums.
    Its fine. With all the cross platform bashing we are just being human. And without that the world will be boring. Its fun. Hey I don't know about you guys, but I'm waiting for the next thread from Blacklion15. At least he makes things interesting for a small time
    11-11-11 01:23 PM
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