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The Generalization Instinct

The Generalization Instinct

  • This instinct can make us mistakenly group together things that are actually very different
  • It can make us assume everything or everyone in one category is similar.
  • It can make us jump to conclusions about a whole category based on a few, or even just one, unusual example.

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