WIP: The Eagles and The Rattlers šŸš§

WIP: The Eagles and The Rattlers šŸš§

Average people have apparently never studied psychology or read about it.

There's a famous experiment called "The Robber's Cave Experiment" from the 1950s. Here's the premise:


Here are the key takeaways:


I recommend you research the experiment yourself. It's very fascinating.


I find that people seem to have a lot of RAGE/misunderstanding towards other groups ā€” think in-group, out-group bias ā€” and, especially so, if there are only two groups.

I think of guys; they get pissed off that girls won't date them. "Girls are so dumb".

Then I think of girls. "Guys are such dicks. All they want to do is sleep with me." ā€”> In either cases, you should probably step back. Because you are straight, the opposite sex is male/female - depending on what sex you are. As such, it's not actually the other sex. It's just in-group, out-group bias with a BSL narrative (seen below). You probably didn't choose to be a girl or boy (just as the Eagles and Rattlers were randomly assigned to groups) and yet you dislike the other group ; sometimes vehemently.

This happens all the time:

  • Liberal vs. Conservative
  • Leafs vs. Canadiens
  • Capitalist vs. Socialist
  • Christian vs. Muslim
  • White vs. Black

The tragedy is that we are probably more similar than we realize or would like to admit.


And, futher, I find it sad that the way to get around this is to try to get different groups to work together toward a common goal. However, as the experiment showed, often increasing interaction between groups led to more conflict.

Something I'd like to add to this discussion of "in-group, out-group bias" is the BSL Narrative. I heard this on the Farnam Street Knowledge Project podcast with Jeff Hunter.

Basically, we (humans) often add the simplist narrative for something to explain the way it is. For example, "He's a liberal because he's stupid".

This is like grade 4 reasoning lol There's probably more to the story there, bawd.


Written: November 18, 2020


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