“Stereotype,” Ray Scanlon

     I’m fond of stereotypes. There are many books that I can and do judge by their covers, preferring to risk missing an occasional gem if I can avoid reading tons of dross. There is enough truth in stereotypes, except for perhaps the most scurrilous ones, to make for efficiency, if not one hundred percent accuracy, in forming a first impression. Stereotyping also has the added attraction of promoting apoplexy amongst politically correct multiculturalists and diversity-mongers–come to think of it, that may be its best and highest use. Of course, attributing a group’s characteristic to a unit human can be dangerous and error-prone. Click here to finish Ray’s essay.