`` I Have A Dream `` By Martin Luther King Jr.

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Human brains evolved on the plains of Africa, molded to keep us from being eaten or inadvertently killing ourselves. We are not computers making supremely logical decisions. We aren’t even fact finders- so long as our view of the world is accurate enough for survival and reproduction, nature is content to let the systematic errors be and may even positively select for them. These systematic errors in reasoning are known as cognitive biases and they allow us to unknowiThirty years after the events of To Kill a Mockingbird, Martin Luther King Jr said in his defining “I Have a Dream” speech, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Maycomb would have benefitted from this message as repeatedly characters are reduced to their skin color, logic falling to the wayside as thoughtlessness flourished. In the absence of deliberately applied reason, systematic errors in human’s natural reasoning can run rampant, creating and justifying racism. ngly fall into irrational patterns of thought, such as racism. Among the more obvious and powerful examples of cognitive biases center on our treatment of ingroups and outgroups. An ingroup is any group that we psychologically identify with. Examples would be race, gender, or social status. It logically proceeds then that an outgroup is a group that we don’t psychologically subscribe to. In To Kill a Mockingbird, the
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