Here's the mindset that's tearing us apart

At its worst, the belief in essentialism has led to dehumanisation and genocides

Essentialists may believe that the boundaries between groups are clear and hard and anybody adopting the culture of another group is guilty of appropriation.
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(NYTIMES) - The world is complicated, and our minds have limited capacity, so we create categories to help us make sense of things. We divide, say, the social world into types - hipster, evangelical, nerd, white or black - and associate traits or characteristics with each.

These judgments involve simplifications and generalisations. But we couldn't make sense of the blizzard of sensory data each day if we couldn't put things, situations and people into some form of conceptual boxes.

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