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  1. 18 Jul '15 08:22
    Evidence suggests that there may be a physical explanation for the (apparent) relative prevalence of bigotry among older people: it is simply due to deterioration of a part of the brain. Perhaps we ought to view some of the usual suspects on this forum as mentally disabled rather than just stupid?

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33523313
  2. Standard member redbadger
    Suzzie says Badger
    18 Jul '15 08:54
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    Evidence suggests that there may be a physical explanation for the (apparent) relative prevalence of bigotry among older people: it is simply due to deterioration of a part of the brain. Perhaps we ought to view some of the usual suspects on this forum as mentally disabled rather than just stupid?

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33523313
    Yes
  3. Standard member vivify
    rain
    18 Jul '15 13:52 / 2 edits
    Sometimes, yes.

    I grew up in Queens, NYC, where being gay was possibly the worst thing you could be. Gay slurs were very common as insults. On top of that, I had VERY religious parents, as well as religious grandparents, aunts and uncles. As a result, I grew up believing that being gay was a shameful thing.

    As I got older and started to question religion, I eventually realized that religion is the only reason why being gay is "immoral". Realizing that, on top of knowing some gay people personally, it became apparent to me that being gay was simply a natural thing. So not only did I realize that religion is stupid as I got older, I also realized there's nothing wrong with being gay.

    I've also come around with the idea of being trans-gendered. To me, this didn't seem similar to being gay, which was obviously a matter of birth. To me, this seemed to be a matter of people being unhappy with how they were born, and changing themselves to fit what they think they should be. This is a more recent change for me.

    So, I think people can have less prejudice as they get older, from personal experience. I think the internet is possibly the single most important tool for helping society become less prejudiced.
  4. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    18 Jul '15 15:04
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    Evidence suggests that there may be a physical explanation for the (apparent) relative prevalence of bigotry among older people: it is simply due to deterioration of a part of the brain. Perhaps we ought to view some of the usual suspects on this forum as mentally disabled rather than just stupid?

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33523313
    I suspect it has something to do with the fact that older people are less influenced by new ideas, and get comfortable with their old one's. I just turned 60 and find I have to prod myself to consider what new technology and new ideas have to offer.
  5. 18 Jul '15 15:30
    Originally posted by bill718
    I suspect it has something to do with the fact that older people are less influenced by new ideas, and get comfortable with their old one's. I just turned 60 and find I have to prod myself to consider what new technology and new ideas have to offer.
    Maybe it is that old people have more experience and wisdom.
  6. 18 Jul '15 16:31
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    Evidence suggests that there may be a physical explanation for the (apparent) relative prevalence of bigotry among older people: it is simply due to deterioration of a part of the brain. Perhaps we ought to view some of the usual suspects on this forum as mentally disabled rather than just stupid?

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33523313
    That's a little harsh. Those on this site that are bigoted toward conservative white Southerners I'm sure are not all old folk.
  7. 18 Jul '15 22:31
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    Evidence suggests that there may be a physical explanation for the (apparent) relative prevalence of bigotry among older people: it is simply due to deterioration of a part of the brain. Perhaps we ought to view some of the usual suspects on this forum as mentally disabled rather than just stupid?

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33523313
    Some of the older bigots here grew up and were culturally conditioned in a past time
    when overt racism, sexism, and homophobia were much more acceptable than today.
    Some of these right-wing white American men apparently yearn to return to a USA
    *before* the women's movement, civil rights movement, and gay rights movement.
  8. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    19 Jul '15 03:32
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    Some of the older bigots here grew up and were culturally conditioned in a past time
    when overt racism, sexism, and homophobia were much more acceptable than today.
    Some of these right-wing white American men apparently yearn to return to a USA
    *before* the women's movement, civil rights movement, and gay rights movement.
    ...and always remember, the older left wingers like me are the bad guys too!
  9. 19 Jul '15 18:21
    I certainly did.
  10. 19 Jul '15 18:34
    Originally posted by FishHead111
    I certainly did.
    My wife did too. She didn't have much experience with poor people, many of whom are minorities until she became a bus driver a couple of years back. Her opinion of these people changed dramatically once she actually had to deal with them on a regular basis.

    Once again, the opinions are not universal, just many that she got to meet.
  11. 19 Jul '15 19:46
    People become more prejudiced because they become more experienced.
    like I did.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9vBHAyVmWQ
  12. 19 Jul '15 20:33
    Originally posted by FishHead111
    People become more prejudiced because they become more experienced.
    like I did.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9vBHAyVmWQ
    I think we get tired of pulling punches and making nice.
  13. Subscriber KingDavid403
    King David
    19 Jul '15 23:05
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    Some of the older bigots here grew up and were culturally conditioned in a past time
    when overt racism, sexism, and homophobia were much more acceptable than today.
    Some of these right-wing white American men apparently yearn to return to a USA
    *before* the women's movement, civil rights movement, and gay rights movement.
    Spot on!
  14. 20 Jul '15 01:32
    Originally posted by KazetNagorra
    Evidence suggests that there may be a physical explanation for the (apparent) relative prevalence of bigotry among older people: it is simply due to deterioration of a part of the brain. Perhaps we ought to view some of the usual suspects on this forum as mentally disabled rather than just stupid?

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33523313
    It would seem reasonable that the longer a person holds a belief, the more that belief is solidified. That could be true of absolutely true beliefs, or falsehoods. It has nothing to do with bigotry.

    Some folks as they grow older actually learn new things, and lose the gobbledygook they were taught in college.
  15. 20 Jul '15 01:34
    Originally posted by Duchess64
    Some of the older bigots here grew up and were culturally conditioned in a past time
    when overt racism, sexism, and homophobia were much more acceptable than today.
    Some of these right-wing white American men apparently yearn to return to a USA
    *before* the women's movement, civil rights movement, and gay rights movement.
    Is bigotry defined as beliefs not in common with those of Duchess64?