The Illusion of Asymmetric Insight

Brilliant explanation of In-group/Out-group thinking.

I desire all to receive it…..

You Are Not So Smart

The Misconception:  You celebrate diversity and respect others’ points of view.

The Truth: You are driven to create and form groups and then believe others are wrong just because they are others.

Source: “Lord of the Flies,” 1963, Two Arts Ltd.

In 1954, in eastern Oklahoma, two tribes of children nearly killed each other.

The neighboring tribes were unaware of each other’s existence. Separately, they lived among nature, played games, constructed shelters, prepared food – they knew peace. Each culture developed its own norms and rules of conduct. Each culture arrived at novel solutions to survival-critical problems. Each culture named the creeks and rocks and dangerous places, and those names were known to all. They helped each other and watched out for the well-being of the tribal members.

Scientists stood by, watchful, scribbling notes and whispering. Much nodding and squinting took place as the tribes granted to anthropology and psychology…

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4 Responses to The Illusion of Asymmetric Insight

  1. Camille Biexei says:

    Wow. That rocked my world. Thanks.

  2. Patrick says:


  3. SteveBloor says:

    You might find this article on the ‘Sherif’s Robbers Cave experiment’ truly enlightening!?

    It’s a classic study of prejudice and conflict, and has at least one hidden story.

  4. worthwithin says:

    The subversive intention of the experiment is striking: “experimenters wanted to increase the conflict substantially” and “With conflict between the groups successfully instigated…” What if the parameters of the experiment had been benevolent initially? We now know that intention affects outcome substantially. There were interesting things discovered and points made with the experiment, but its value is questionable. Of course, this is how the “world” works. Apart from love and, I believe, God, we will destroy each other and ourselves.

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