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Judgement and prejudice: a fine line

Regardless of how quickly we judge someone, we should be ready to revise our opinion

By AC Grayling   February 2016

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There is a distinction between a snap judgement about a person, and a prejudice held against that person. The former is made in the first moments of meeting; the latter needs to be formed before meeting to be a genuine prejudice. This distinction matters because whereas prejudice is unacceptable, snap judgements seem to be the psychological norm.

Empirical work by a pair of psychologists, Alexander Todorov…

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