Publication Date

Spring 2-24-2024


People often act irrationally, and one example of this is bigotry. For instance, the statement that “obese people are all lazy and have no willpower” is not supported by facts but by prejudice. We should aim to eradicate all kinds of bias, which are harmful and rooted in irrationality. It is not enough to focus on one type of discrimination and neglect others. The authors posit that cognitive bias is one possible cause of nonsensical beliefs, including prejudice. People who use logic better understand the foolishness of any form of bias. This paper discusses the main cognitive biases that might lead to bigotry and the ways to overcome them.