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Prejudice

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Transcript of Prejudice

Which man has a net worth of 3.1 billion?
Prejudice vs. Belief
What can you tell me about this person?
Would it surprise you to learn that...
The word
prejudice
means to prejudge.
Why do you think so?
...and a Biomedical Engineering PhD candidate?
she is an NFL cheerleader
The dictionary defines
prejudice
as an opinion formed beforehand that is not based on facts or reason
If you assumed the woman in the previous picture was not intelligent; that was a prejudiced belief because it was made without evidence or facts.
You need to buy a new car. Which person below would you ask for advice?
Prejudice
Belief vs. Prejudice
Critical thinking consists of examining the evidence and learning as many facts as possible.

By making our decisions based on critical thinking we can avoid being prejudiced.
What if you had a little more information?
Car salesman for 3 years
Car mechanic for 17 years
Automative engineer for 8 years
Does this change your opinion?
The answer is......
Steven Spielberg is an American director, screenwriter and producer who has a net worth of $3.1 billion and annual salary of $150 million. Steven Spielberg's name is synonymous with film and his career spans over four decades. His movies include: Jaws, Back to the Future, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Schindler's List, Goonies and ET.
http://www.celebritynetworth.com/richest-celebrities/directors/steven-spielberg-net-worth/
Why Should We Avoid Prejudice?
"One reason to avoid prejudice is that we want to make up our own mind and being prejudiced is the very opposite of making up your own mind. If we let our beliefs get formed before we have had a chance to examine all the evidence, then it is as if we have lost control of our beliefs and views. Forces and influences that are outside of us would in that case form our beliefs and opinions for us." (Hunter, 2010)
Critical thinking gives us tools to become autonomous, which means "able to think and decide for ourselves".
Hunter, D.A. (2010). A practical Guide to critical thinking:Deciding what to do and believe. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Assignment
You will be divided into groups of three. For each slide follow the steps below.
One member from the group must share their answers with their group while the other members assess that member and ask questions.
Answer the written questions for that slide, on the worksheet provided individually.
Which is more dangerous?
Which is more dangerous?
This is a microscopic view of the Ebola virus. It kills 90% of the humans it infects. Ebola strikes mainly in remote villages of Central and West Africa.
Which is more dangerous?
This is a microscopic view of the Ebola virus. It kills 90% of the humans it infects. Ebola strikes mainly in remote villages of Central and West Africa.
This is a flare gun from World War II.
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