There is No Scientific Basis for Prejudice

Break the chains of your prejudices and take up the torch of experience, and you will honour nature in the way she deserves, instead of drawing derogatory conclusions from the ignorance in which she has left you. Simply open your eyes and ignore what you cannot understand, and you will see that a labourer whose mind and knowledge extend no further than the edges of his furrow is no different essentially from the greatest genius, as would have been proved by dissecting the brains of Descartes and Newton; you will be convinced that the imbecile or the idiot are animals in human form, in the same way as the clever ape is a little man in another form; and that, since everything depends absolutely on differences in organisation, a well-constructed animal who has learnt astronomy can predict an eclipse, as he can predict recovery or death when his genius and good eyesight have benefited from some time at the school of Hippocrates and at patients' bedsides.


The brains of laborers and geniuses are anatomically identical.

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 Machine Man and Other Writings
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Mettrie , Julien Offray De La and Thomson , Ann (1996-04-18), Machine Man and Other Writings, Cambridge Univ Pr, Retrieved on 2012-06-08
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     Cognitive Bias

    Research on biases we into which we naturally fall.
    Folksonomies: cognition bias
    Folksonomies: cognition bias