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How To Control The Generalization Instinct

How To Control The Generalization Instinct

Remember that categories are misleading. So question your categories.

  • Look for differences within groups. Especially when the groups are large, look for ways to split them into smaller, more precise categories
  • Look for similarities across groups.
  • Look for differences across groups. Do not assume that what applies for one group applies for another /
  • Beware of “the majority.” Ask whether it means 51 percent, 99 percent, or something in between.
  • Beware of vivid examples. They are easier to recall but they might be the exception rather than the rule.
  • When something looks strange, be curious and humble.

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