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Aeon: Internal Organs Are Racist and Thus "Require a More Radical Form of Physiological Retraining"

Things that Science has proven are racist recently: babies, robots, artificial intelligence, and now internal organs. From Aeon:

The brain-heart dialogue shows how racism hijacks perception

Manos Tsakiris is professor of psychology at Royal Holloway University of London. His research investigates the neural and cognitive mechanisms of self-awareness and social cognition.

If affective realism is accurate, does that change the ways societies should address prejudice?

If you’re black in the United States, you’re more than twice as likely as a white person to be unarmed if you’re killed in an encounter with the police. Why?

Oh, good, finally some scientific investigation into why blacks are more likely than other races in stressful moments to make crazy-ass bad decisions, like having a homicide rate between one and two orders of magnitude higher than Asians have. For example, why exactly did unarmed gentle giant Michael Brown think the optimal response to a policeman dissing him about walking in the middle of the street was to attempt to arm himself with the cop’s gun?

Some kind of racial profiling is at work,

Oh, well …

but the precise psychological mechanism is poorly understood. …

Among neuroscientists, it’s increasingly popular to think of the brain not as a passive organ that receives and reacts to stimuli, but as more of an inference machine: something that actively strives to predict what’s out there and what’s going to happen, maximising the chances of staying alive. …

We still know very little about exactly how these processes might relate to the phenomenon of racism, but now we have some idea of where to look. If the predictive story of behaviour is correct, perception (including that of the police) suddenly seems a lot closer to belief, and is a lot more embodied, than we used to think. …

At my lab at Royal Holloway, University of London, we decided to test whether the cardiac cycle made a difference to the expression of racial prejudice. …

It’s surprising to think of racial bias as not just a state or habit of mind, nor even a widespread cultural norm, but as a process that’s also part of the ebbs and flows of the body’s physiology.

… What our findings illustrate is the extent to which racial and possibly other stereotypes are hijacking bodily mechanisms that have evolved to deal with actual threats.

… On the one hand, this is a reason for optimism: if we can better understand the neurological mechanisms behind racial bias, then perhaps we’ll be in a better position to correct it. But there is a grim side to the analysis, too. The structures of oppression that shape who we are also shape our bodies, and perhaps our most fundamental perceptions. Maybe we do not ‘misread’ the phone as a gun; we might we actually see a gun, rather than a phone. Racism might not be something that societies can simply overcome with fresh narratives and progressive political messages. It might require a more radical form of physiological retraining, to bring our embodied realities into line with our stated beliefs.

Once the prescribed therapies for Baby Racism, Robot Racism, AI Racism, and Internal Organ Racism are perceived to have failed, I think an upcoming debate among leading thinkers will then be over whether the moral necessity of abolishing racism requires (the extremist position) exterminating the entire human race or (the moderate position) just the white race.

 
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  1. They’re going to tear racism out by the root. If that root reveals itself to be the human brain stem, so be it!

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  2. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    “Manos Tsakiris is professor of psychology at Royal Holloway University of London.”

    I’m sure he gets most of his info on the US from globo-media that pretends clueless-ness.

    As for human organs, they are not egalitarian at all. Height, muscles, boob size, penis size, and etc not only differ among individuals but generally among races.

    I mean why are so many white women now choosing to use their wombs to have black babies? Organ difference. Black men have larger dongs.

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    • Replies: @Buffalo Joe
    Anon, huge difference between getting laid and choosing to raise a child. One can be a one time fling, the other, a lifetime commitment.
    , @Brutusale
    Yes, the white women choosing to use their wombs to have black babies are those who differ, especially in respect to IQ and avoirdupois.

    Note to black guys from white men: we're not sending you our best.
  3. Anonymous says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    Trump just tasked Jared Kushner with “Ending Racism As We Know It.”

    So, you can relax.

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  4. Big black men approaching a white woman on a dark urban street affects her kidneys and bladder and causes her to pee her pants, so I agree with this study. Going out to hide Easter eggs now.

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  5. I always trust a guy with a name like Tsakiris. But after reading this article, I might still count my internal organs just in case. I’ll just get up out of this ice bath first.

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    • Replies: @Charles Erwin Wilson
    Not just LOL, but a full-torso LOL! And I am still snickering!
  6. If you’re black in the United States, you’re more than twice as likely as a white person to be unarmed if you’re killed in an encounter with the police.

    If you are killed in an encounter with the police–perhaps YOU are the problem/cause/behavior that needs questioning/investigating.

    (This is not to suggest the police are wholly blameless, but the presumption of racism by police–which include minority officers–overlooks examining half of the parties involved.)

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    • Replies: @guest
    Unlike brains, black people are passive things that merely receive and react to the White Man's stimuli, and are entirely blameless in all matters. (Unless they're Uncle Toms or race-traitors.)
    , @MBlanc46
    All of identity grievance depends on not examining half of the parties involved.
    , @Jason Bayz
    It's not really true. The study cited, in fact, claimed that “the median probability across counties of being {black, armed, and shot by police} is 2.79 (PCI95: 1.72, 4.92) times the probability of being {black, unarmed, and shot by police} .... the median probability across counties of being {white, armed, and shot by police} is 3.33 (PCI95: 2.40, 4.70) times the probability of being {white, unarmed, and shot by police}.” This means that 26.4% of Blacks who are killed by police are unarmed, compared to 23.1% of Whites. This isn’t anywhere near “more than twice as likely."
  7. The structures of oppression that shape who we are

    Who we are is not who we are.

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  8. @Forbes

    If you’re black in the United States, you’re more than twice as likely as a white person to be unarmed if you’re killed in an encounter with the police.
     
    If you are killed in an encounter with the police--perhaps YOU are the problem/cause/behavior that needs questioning/investigating.

    (This is not to suggest the police are wholly blameless, but the presumption of racism by police--which include minority officers--overlooks examining half of the parties involved.)

    Unlike brains, black people are passive things that merely receive and react to the White Man’s stimuli, and are entirely blameless in all matters. (Unless they’re Uncle Toms or race-traitors.)

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  9. It might require a more radical form of physiological retraining, to bring our embodied realities into line with our stated beliefs.

    How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world,
    That has such people in ’t!

    Just one more sign …

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  10. The next step in this line of debate is to conclude that society in general is more harmonious if we look roughly like each other.

    Fools the brain!

    I know it’s not very original and up to about the 1960s it was called “common sense.”

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  11. @Forbes

    If you’re black in the United States, you’re more than twice as likely as a white person to be unarmed if you’re killed in an encounter with the police.
     
    If you are killed in an encounter with the police--perhaps YOU are the problem/cause/behavior that needs questioning/investigating.

    (This is not to suggest the police are wholly blameless, but the presumption of racism by police--which include minority officers--overlooks examining half of the parties involved.)

    All of identity grievance depends on not examining half of the parties involved.

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  12. Now that we know that racism is socially constructed by babies, I think we know what we have to do.

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  13. Compared with the above, this article at Cracked is far more honest about crimestop and the need to find some kind of work-around to facts. The best answer he could come up with is to point out that life has “improved” under diversity. He seems to be referring to technological improvement (not social cohesion or relative happiness.) It is obviously asinine because life improved under non-diversity, too. One notable instance of rapid improvement in technology and standard of living happened in Germany after the ascent of Adolf Hitler.

    Anyway, it is a surprisingly honest read, in a very dishonest sort of way.

    http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-reasons-were-quietly-letting-racists-win/

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    • Replies: @Laugh Track

    Compared with the above, this article at Cracked is far more honest about crimestop and the need to find some kind of work-around to facts. ...

    Anyway, it is a surprisingly honest read, in a very dishonest sort of way.

    http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-reasons-were-quietly-letting-racists-win/
     
    Cripes. I've long since lost any sense of where Cracked is coming from and who its target audience is. I kept expecting the writer to disprove those opening hate-facts, but he never quite gets around to it, other than calling them ...

    piles of very convincing facts, carefully chosen and filtered from solid sources. You must be prepared to counter them with facts of your own while realizing that they have gotten very, very good at this.
     
    It all kinda reads like a moralistic comedy routine. Thanks for the link, in any case.
    , @bomag

    Anyway, it is a surprisingly honest read, in a very dishonest sort of way.
     
    An astonishing article. It pretty much says that the facts are against his side, so his side needs to find better ways to dissimulate.
  14. “Require a More Radical Form of Physiological Retraining”

    It’s like they’re deliberately trying to sound as evil as possible.

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    • Replies: @Gary in Gramercy
    Remember: if you refuse to "adapt [your] beliefs," you are now on notice that "hostility may be warranted."

    Like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aclS1pGHp8o ("No one has ever had their liver taken out by us, and survived.")
  15. This one is definitely a keeper for White Priv Ed syllabus.

    The internal organ data needs to include some good factoids on Adolf Hitler’s Promethean liver and its fabled autotomic capacity to feed the Winged Bagel which feeds upon it.

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  16. A normal person would stop and question a belief so antipathetic to so much of basic reality.

    We are not dealing with normal people. As has been observed many times, these are religious cranks, Modern Era Edition. They are keen to bring on The Kingdom of Heaven, so submit to your exorcism and kick the demon out!

    The pianist Vladimir Ashkenazy was asked if the difference between Russia and the West is that the West went through “the Enlightenment” and left the Dark Ages. Ashkenazy answered: “I don’t think humanity ever actually got out of the Dark Ages.”

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  17. OT for this entry, but we all know Sailer can’t resist an “unbearable whiteness of…” post, and this is the height of its form; baseball!

    http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/sports_nut/2017/04/seventy_years_after_jackie_robinson_mlb_is_still_a_white_man_s_sport.html

    The comments are touchingly earnest against the proposition, until they are (intentionally?) sidetracked.

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  18. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment

    “racial bias”

    Bias against bias is the problem.

    Bias can be based on ignorance and bigotry.
    It’s like the killing of cats in the Middle Ages. Cats as companions of witches, and etc.
    Cats were killed en masse in Cultural Revolution too. Bourgeois pets.

    So, there is bias of ignorance.

    But bias can be based on knowledge and pattern recognition. Surely, even the most naive proggy cop realizes after yrs on the job that certain races are more problematic than others.
    This bias is knowledge based. Maybe it should be called Basias, or based-bias.

    The problem is we have ideological bias of PC. It says BLACKS ARE VICTIMS ALWAYS. So, everything has to be understood and explained to fit this ideological mold . A mental Procrusteanism.

    This bias exists on all sides to be sure, but it’s worse among Progs cuz their main ‘identity’ is Virtue-Vanity. They define themselves as ‘more evolved’. They love to Progelytize.

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  19. @Mitchell
    "Require a More Radical Form of Physiological Retraining"

    It's like they're deliberately trying to sound as evil as possible.

    Remember: if you refuse to “adapt [your] beliefs,” you are now on notice that “hostility may be warranted.”

    Like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aclS1pGHp8o (“No one has ever had their liver taken out by us, and survived.”)

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  20. If you’re black in the United States, you’re more than twice as likely as a white person to be unarmed if you’re killed in an encounter with the police. Why?

    Uhh, how to put this politely? Because you’re more than twice as likely as a white person to do something really stupid and violent toward a cop, even if you’re unarmed?

    Explaining to leftists that allowing some unarmed belligerent psycho to engage you in a wrestling match for the gun that you’ve drawn on him under color of law is very suicidal behavior seems an impossible mission.

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  21. @Forbes

    If you’re black in the United States, you’re more than twice as likely as a white person to be unarmed if you’re killed in an encounter with the police.
     
    If you are killed in an encounter with the police--perhaps YOU are the problem/cause/behavior that needs questioning/investigating.

    (This is not to suggest the police are wholly blameless, but the presumption of racism by police--which include minority officers--overlooks examining half of the parties involved.)

    It’s not really true. The study cited, in fact, claimed that “the median probability across counties of being {black, armed, and shot by police} is 2.79 (PCI95: 1.72, 4.92) times the probability of being {black, unarmed, and shot by police} …. the median probability across counties of being {white, armed, and shot by police} is 3.33 (PCI95: 2.40, 4.70) times the probability of being {white, unarmed, and shot by police}.” This means that 26.4% of Blacks who are killed by police are unarmed, compared to 23.1% of Whites. This isn’t anywhere near “more than twice as likely.”

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  22. Damn Steve, they mess with your baseball and you’re about ready to fire up the helicopters.

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    Racism is much worse than not giving up your airline seat, don’t you agree?

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  24. Among neuroscientists, it’s increasingly popular to think of the brain not as a passive organ that receives and reacts to stimuli, but as more of an inference machine: something that actively strives to predict what’s out there and what’s going to happen, maximising the chances of staying alive. …

    “Increasingly”…. as in for decades. Is this writer on another planet or just NYT’ing?

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  25. The more things change, the more they smell rotten.
    Isn’t this a rather lame SJW perversion of Lysenkoism, i.e. Stalinism applied to genetics?
    Which means it is a case of communist appropriation or something like that, right?
    How come they can’t come up with something new for a change instead of recycling old garbage?

    Dunno, guess there really are layers and nuances to Peak Stupidity after all, not to mention as an incorrigible deplorable, the finer distinctions are beyond our conceptual grasp.
    We always thought stupid is as stupid does, but now it appears that stupid is scientific.
    Oh well, sooner or later the new math will be old and we’ll be able understand it then.

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  26. The increasingly frenzied pace and extremism of these racial bias “discoveries” is reminiscent of a drug addict in the final stages of a binge, desperately trying anything to maintain the high.

    What will rock bottom look like?

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  27. I recommend the Ludovico Technique. Works wonders on racism, really does.

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    • Replies: @guest
    Any Current Year scientist would be more than happy to sacrifice a billion Beethovens for one unracist white person. (I assume only whites will be subject to treatment for now.)
  28. @Abe Humbles
    I recommend the Ludovico Technique. Works wonders on racism, really does.

    Any Current Year scientist would be more than happy to sacrifice a billion Beethovens for one unracist white person. (I assume only whites will be subject to treatment for now.)

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  29. It might require a more radical form of physiological retraining, to bring our embodied realities into line with our stated beliefs.

    Kind of reminds me of those vegans who want to biologically re-engineer lions, tigers and other predators to not eat other animals. Sounds realistic to me.

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  30. @Anon
    "Manos Tsakiris is professor of psychology at Royal Holloway University of London."

    I'm sure he gets most of his info on the US from globo-media that pretends clueless-ness.

    As for human organs, they are not egalitarian at all. Height, muscles, boob size, penis size, and etc not only differ among individuals but generally among races.

    I mean why are so many white women now choosing to use their wombs to have black babies? Organ difference. Black men have larger dongs.

    Anon, huge difference between getting laid and choosing to raise a child. One can be a one time fling, the other, a lifetime commitment.

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    • Replies: @Anon
    Singlemotherism on the rise.

    Also, do white men want to raise kids by of used women?

    Also, people who had flings are more likely to cheat, recent studies show.
  31. @WGG
    Compared with the above, this article at Cracked is far more honest about crimestop and the need to find some kind of work-around to facts. The best answer he could come up with is to point out that life has "improved" under diversity. He seems to be referring to technological improvement (not social cohesion or relative happiness.) It is obviously asinine because life improved under non-diversity, too. One notable instance of rapid improvement in technology and standard of living happened in Germany after the ascent of Adolf Hitler.

    Anyway, it is a surprisingly honest read, in a very dishonest sort of way.



    http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-reasons-were-quietly-letting-racists-win/

    Compared with the above, this article at Cracked is far more honest about crimestop and the need to find some kind of work-around to facts. …

    Anyway, it is a surprisingly honest read, in a very dishonest sort of way.

    http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-reasons-were-quietly-letting-racists-win/

    Cripes. I’ve long since lost any sense of where Cracked is coming from and who its target audience is. I kept expecting the writer to disprove those opening hate-facts, but he never quite gets around to it, other than calling them …

    piles of very convincing facts, carefully chosen and filtered from solid sources. You must be prepared to counter them with facts of your own while realizing that they have gotten very, very good at this.

    It all kinda reads like a moralistic comedy routine. Thanks for the link, in any case.

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  32. Anon says:     Show CommentNext New Comment
    @Buffalo Joe
    Anon, huge difference between getting laid and choosing to raise a child. One can be a one time fling, the other, a lifetime commitment.

    Singlemotherism on the rise.

    Also, do white men want to raise kids by of used women?

    Also, people who had flings are more likely to cheat, recent studies show.

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  33. It’s neat that I’m an hourly worker who wears polyester uniforms and a nametag, has never promoted within his organization, and works weekends, yet I understand things that professors can’t puzzle out.

    Also, I wonder about how “unarmed” is defined (relevant to the idea that the brain is perceiving a gun that isn’t there). These are all scenarios that will later be classified as “unarmed”:

    Guy claims to have gun, in fact has phone. Points phone like a gun at cops in dark parking lot.

    Guy gets out of car on traffic stop while pulling out his wallet in a manner very similar to drawing a gun.

    Guy physically assaults cops with fists.

    Guy is armed, but with fake gun (bb, airsoft, starter pistol).

    Guy definitely has a gun, leaves gun in house or car, later gets in confrontation with cops.

    On the other hand, this is a pointless line of inquiry because in order to become part of the respectable conversation you have to agree that it’s stipulated that all races, genders and cultures act in exactly, precisely the same manner. The only variable is the police.

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  34. @WGG
    Compared with the above, this article at Cracked is far more honest about crimestop and the need to find some kind of work-around to facts. The best answer he could come up with is to point out that life has "improved" under diversity. He seems to be referring to technological improvement (not social cohesion or relative happiness.) It is obviously asinine because life improved under non-diversity, too. One notable instance of rapid improvement in technology and standard of living happened in Germany after the ascent of Adolf Hitler.

    Anyway, it is a surprisingly honest read, in a very dishonest sort of way.



    http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-reasons-were-quietly-letting-racists-win/

    Anyway, it is a surprisingly honest read, in a very dishonest sort of way.

    An astonishing article. It pretty much says that the facts are against his side, so his side needs to find better ways to dissimulate.

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  35. @Anon
    "Manos Tsakiris is professor of psychology at Royal Holloway University of London."

    I'm sure he gets most of his info on the US from globo-media that pretends clueless-ness.

    As for human organs, they are not egalitarian at all. Height, muscles, boob size, penis size, and etc not only differ among individuals but generally among races.

    I mean why are so many white women now choosing to use their wombs to have black babies? Organ difference. Black men have larger dongs.

    Yes, the white women choosing to use their wombs to have black babies are those who differ, especially in respect to IQ and avoirdupois.

    Note to black guys from white men: we’re not sending you our best.

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  36. @Anonym
    I always trust a guy with a name like Tsakiris. But after reading this article, I might still count my internal organs just in case. I'll just get up out of this ice bath first.

    Not just LOL, but a full-torso LOL! And I am still snickering!

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