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Your biases

Postby Klapaucius » Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:33 pm UTC

No human is completely objective; everyone has biases, whether they realize it or not: biases of certain genres of music or movies over others, for example. So if you're enlightened enough to see your biases, post them here. Two of my biases:

Towards:
People with handlebar 'staches

Against:
Country music

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Re: Your biases

Postby Sasha » Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:05 pm UTC

Biases:
Towards:
This site.
Against:
This thread.
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Re: Your biases

Postby wst » Thu Sep 04, 2008 10:08 pm UTC

Towards:
Myself and people I like
Against:
People I dislike
Anything I said pre-2014 that you want to quote me on, just run it past me to check I still agree with myself.

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Re: Your biases

Postby ParanoidAndroid » Thu Sep 04, 2008 11:01 pm UTC

For:
-Sufjan Stevens fans. Heck, anyone who has shares my taste in music, really.
-Existentialist philosophers
-xkcdians
-Anyone wearing a fedora

Against:
-ne1 who tipes liek this, u no, cuz its 2 hard 2 type teh xtra 2 mor lttrs n teh wrd 'ur". I can understand one's desire to abbreviate in a text message or even an IM conversation, but do you really have to type like on Facebook or on a forum?
-The new Pokemon
-Anyone who exudes the "I'm cool because I don't care about anything" vibe.
-Crazed Apple devotees.
"Crap, my internet connection got knocked out. Must be a problem with the router..."
"Or maybe it's because you don't have a Mac. (*smirk*)"
"Ah, a cable is just unplugged."
"(continues smirking) My Mac's cable never gets unplugged..."

There are plenty others, I'm sure...

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Re: Your biases

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Thu Sep 04, 2008 11:06 pm UTC

I have an irrational hatred of people who wear more than $300 worth of clothing at one time.

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Re: Your biases

Postby ParanoidAndroid » Thu Sep 04, 2008 11:09 pm UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:I have an irrational hatred of people who wear more than $300 worth of clothing at one time.


Even someone just wearing a really, really nice hat?

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Re: Your biases

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Thu Sep 04, 2008 11:19 pm UTC

Well... see, it breaks down. That's why it's irrational. My jeans were $10, this shirt happens to be one of my nicer ones at $30, and everything else came in a bulk bag (under shirts, socks, underwear). However, I have a $200 coat that I bought because it was on sale, AND in my size, AND it's really, really nice. I bought it for business purposes, because my coat previous to that is a huge 20 year old plaid lumberjack coat.

But I get annoyed when someone has $130 jeans, or a tiny little pink strappy $80 top that has $2 worth of fabric in it. I don't know why. Jealousy, or issues with poorly spent money. I have a well-known and oft-lamented hate-on for the entire fashion industry.

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Re: Your biases

Postby guyy » Thu Sep 04, 2008 11:27 pm UTC

Towards:
You're kidding, right?

Against:
Rap / Hip-hop
Men (not just other men)
Formal education
People who think that because I don't talk much, I don't listen much, either
Vaguely necessary medicine
Porn
...
..
.

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Re: Your biases

Postby jerome_bc » Thu Sep 04, 2008 11:33 pm UTC

ParanoidAndroid wrote:Against:
-ne1 who tipes liek this, u no, cuz its 2 hard 2 type teh xtra 2 mor lttrs n teh wrd 'ur". I can understand one's desire to abbreviate in a text message or even an IM conversation, but do you really have to type like on Facebook or on a forum?
-The new Pokemon
-Anyone who exudes the "I'm cool because I don't care about anything" vibe.
-Crazed Apple devotees.

That. And:

For:
-me
-friends and acquaintances
-XKCDians
-people that sounds like they know what the hell they're talking about
-educated people
-people with interesting projects/dreams/experiences
-people that smile
-geeks
-philosophers
-white people
-tall people
-young people (see below for exceptions)
-canadian people
-anything japanese (music, tv shows, anime, people, food, and more)
-males
-humans
-EM waves in the visible spectrum
-vibrations at frequencies I can detect with my ears
-music with meaningful lyrics
-eurobeat, indie rock, speed metal, grunge, classical, j-rock, and others genres of music
-movies with a badass male protagonist
-movies in which said protagonist kicks a lot of asses

Against:
-people who describe their whole lives in their IM nickname (tip: your nickname should not fill more than half of my screen at 1680x1050)
-everything implied in my "for" biases (positive bias towards tall people implies negative bias against short people)
-really fat people
-anorexic people
-people who take creatine and spend all their free time at the gym
-people with fake tans
-girls with loads of makeup
-people who look stupid
-teenagers driving hondas with loud music (also: with too much plastic on their car, going too fast, being douches, etc.)
-people with too much self-confidence
-egotistical people
-religious fundamentalists
-to a lesser degree, religious people in general
-right-wing politicians
-rap music
-gigantic subwoofers

Ad infinitum

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Re: Your biases

Postby La Chevre! » Fri Sep 05, 2008 1:45 am UTC

For:

Goats.
Eating sheep.

Against:

Letting sheep live for all purposes except to produce more sheep for eating.
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Re: Your biases

Postby bluebambue » Fri Sep 05, 2008 1:52 am UTC

For:
Young people in (non baseball) hats and/or suspenders

Against:
Older men in the same.

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Re: Your biases

Postby '; DROP DATABASE;-- » Fri Sep 05, 2008 2:01 am UTC

Toward: Asian girls (Japanese even better), gamers
Against: People who make obvious spelling or grammar mistakes, people who aren't into/haven't played Mario Kart
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Re: Your biases

Postby Lycur » Fri Sep 05, 2008 2:41 am UTC

For:
People who look nothing like their associated cliche would (pure mathematicians with tatoos, Bikers with flower power bumper stickers*, that kinda jazz...)
People with facial hair

Against:
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:I have an irrational hatred of people who wear more than $300 worth of clothing at one time.

People who smoke


*Is bumper stickers still the correct terminology for motorcycles?


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Re: Your biases

Postby Lycur » Fri Sep 05, 2008 2:46 am UTC

Mighty Jalapeno wrote:You don't like me?

:cry:


It's not you, it's me. Really. I'm just not ready for a commitment right now.

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Re: Your biases

Postby roc314 » Fri Sep 05, 2008 2:53 am UTC

For:
anything math, science, technology, or computer related
Nintendo
free thinkers
comedies (as in movies)
intelligent people
spicy food

Against:
anything related to the 'softer' fields (languages, literature, sociology, &c.)
Microsoft
Apple
Sony
hot dogs
unintelligent people
the religious right
romances (movies)
second or higher generation rich people
optimism
corporations
deserts
civil engineering
Shakespeare
a lot of other things, probably
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Re: Your biases

Postby Turambar » Fri Sep 05, 2008 3:01 am UTC

For:
-Nerdy slackers
-Barefootedness
-Science
-Books and movies with anything but a normal happy ending
-Heavy metal

Against:
-People who don't read
-Existentialism/useless philosophy
-John McCain
-Chick flicks
-Fashion
-WoW
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Re: Your biases

Postby Seremite » Fri Sep 05, 2008 3:06 am UTC

I don't really have many biases for anything. I usually judge people and hate them the moment I see them.

Turambar wrote:For:
-Nerdy slackers
-Barefootedness
-Science
-Books and movies with anything but a normal happy ending
-Heavy metal

Against:
-People who don't read
-Existentialism/useless philosophy
-John McCain
-Chick flicks
-Fashion
-WoW


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Re: Your biases

Postby LL Cool J » Fri Sep 05, 2008 3:18 am UTC

Biased towards:
Tattoos
Anyone who can justify a whole day of reading books/listening to music/climbing trees/picnics
Good comedy
The absurd
Lanky people
Good music
Anyone passionate about what they do (in a non-destructive way)
Nose piercings
Hugs
Sarcasm
Puns

Biased against:
The use of 'party' as a verb
Cynical, soul-less, ugly po-mo art
People who text message while trying to have a real conversation at the same time
Leather pants
Mullets

Biased heavily against:
The combination of leather pants and mullets
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Re: Your biases

Postby Qwake » Fri Sep 05, 2008 3:29 am UTC

For:
Scientists
Women with boycuts
Japanese vehicles
Bicyclists


Against:
People who dress like a stereotype of a subculture
Doctors
People who introduce themselves by their subculture (see a theme here?)
Religious fundamentalists (seconded)

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Me too. That's why I'm so damn happy. Everything seems to be going so much better than I expected.
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Re: Your biases

Postby KingLoser » Fri Sep 05, 2008 3:34 am UTC

Against:
Reformed non-smoker anti-smokers.
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Re: Your biases

Postby Avelion » Fri Sep 05, 2008 3:44 am UTC

For:

Japan and everything that comes with it
Original people
Smart people

Against:

People who complain about stuff they can change
Rap music
Drug users
Self-centered people
People who call tech support
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Re: Your biases

Postby Decker » Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:22 am UTC

For:
-Nifty hats (fedoras are awesome)
-girls with glasses
-the colors black, red, and blue
-analogue watches (pocket or wrist)

Against
-anyone in an Insane Clown Posse tee shirt (badly died hair for bonus points).
-peekaboo thongs
-SUVs (They're ugly)
-books turned into movies.
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Re: Your biases

Postby Qwake » Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:37 am UTC

Decker wrote:Against
-anyone in an Insane Clown Posse tee shirt (badly died hair for bonus points).


. . . or refers to their friends as "juggaloes." Uhg. . . gives me the jibblies.
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Re: Your biases

Postby Marbas » Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:47 am UTC

For:
Math
Ridiculous hair-dye.
Boycuts on girls.
Smarts
Sarcasm
Dark Humor
Weird/Unusual taste in music.
Science!
Weird art
Experimentation in any area
Spooky things
Piercings
Liking things that other people think are strange because you don't care what they think.

Against:
The incredibly obese
Stereotypical blonde cheer-leader types
Greek life
Popular music
People who can't take weird/absurdist humor
People who are too cool to be goofy.
Staring at me like an alien because I decided to hop over and onto things while walking. Seriously. I climb stuff. It's not a big deal.
Backwards baseball caps
Baseball caps
Polo shirts
Meatheads
Juggalos! CULTISTS! CULTISTS THE LOT OF THEM!
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Re: Your biases

Postby Bulvox » Fri Sep 05, 2008 5:30 am UTC

guyy wrote:Towards:
You're kidding, right?

Against:
Rap / Hip-hop
Men (not just other men)
Formal education
People who think that because I don't talk much, I don't listen much, either
Vaguely necessary medicine
Porn
...
..
.

I'm a pessimist. A hardcore pessimist.

almost word for word.
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Re: Your biases

Postby CVSoul » Fri Sep 05, 2008 5:59 am UTC

Bias:
Towards:
Object-Oriented Inheritance (both in Java programming and when a rich uncle dies)
holy CRAP, that was insensitive

Against:
Objectivity. It is for cowards.
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Re: Your biases

Postby Shadic » Fri Sep 05, 2008 6:57 am UTC

For:
- People from the Pacific Northwest
- People who read the same comics as I do
- Liberals
- Nintendo fans
- People who prefer the first generation of Pokemon
- People who enjoy Zelda II
- Rom hackers
- Smash Bros. players
- People who type intelligently
- People who like The Strokes
- Firefox/Trillian users
- People who watch Zero Punctuation
- Female gamers that don't smell like old meat. (Phrase taken from Yahtzee)
-Tennis players
- Left-handed people
- People who have played (And enjoyed) Sid Meier's SimGolf
- People who have read David Eddings (And prefer The Elenium + The Tamuli, his best books)
- People who have beaten the first Super Mario Bros.
- People that post on my forum. *Cough*

Against:
- Anti Nintendo people
- People terrible with computers (IE Users)
- People who hate Zelda II (Heretics)
- ONLY FPS/Sports gamers
- Social Conservatives
- People very religious (Usually grouped with above)
- Little kids
- People that type poorly/AOL-Speak
- "Gangsters"
- Hicks
- People who got into gaming after the Nintendo 64 era
- Final Fantasy fanboys
- Everybody on GaiaOnline
- People that don't understand how AWESOME Geno from Super Mario RPG is.

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Re: Your biases

Postby roc314 » Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:06 am UTC

Shadic wrote:For:
- People who enjoy Zelda II
Against:
- People who hate Zelda II (Heretics)


Want to start a club?


Also, new biases that I noticed I have.

For:
Digital Watches

Against:
People who think that sci-fi/fantasy genres are inherently inferior to other genres.
People who think diversity comes from people that look different, as opposed to people who think differently.
Sports
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Re: Your biases

Postby seladore » Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:55 am UTC

For:

Liberals
People who read books in public
People who like photography
People who like Jazz
Scientists
People who use apostrophes correctly
People with advanced qualifications (Trying to overcome this one to be honest, I'm aware it makes me somewhat of a snob. It's just hard not to feel more favourable towards that stranger who turns out to have a PhD in art history)
People that can debate properly

Against:

Conservatives
Religious types (again trying to overcome this one)
People that can't spell properly
People that wear Che Guevara merchandise. This especially. There is no punishment severe enough for this.
Spiritual types
People who appreciate things ironically
People who use political cynicism to justify their apathy
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Re: Your biases

Postby Shadic » Fri Sep 05, 2008 8:16 am UTC

roc314 wrote:Want to start a club?

Shall we? You have jumped through a major hoop in the path of "Making me think you're awesome."

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Re: Your biases

Postby ironypoisoning » Fri Sep 05, 2008 11:11 am UTC

Towards: immigrants
all cats, everywhere
people who remind me of myself at an earlier age, most of the time
sincere people
people who take things seriously
people who are quicker to sympathize than to scorn

Against: people who have biases against the "softer fields" (languages, sociology, etc...)
loud ignorant people
people who follow the trend
hypocrites
people who have annoying laughs
people who read pretentious books in public
pessimists, or "realists," as they call themselves
religious people in general
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Re: Your biases

Postby Decker » Fri Sep 05, 2008 3:30 pm UTC

Against:
-girls who hold in sneezes and say "choo" about a second later. WHY DO YOU DO THAT!?!
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Re: Your biases

Postby Mighty Jalapeno » Fri Sep 05, 2008 3:42 pm UTC

Because then they're like cute bunnies?

FOR:
Cute girls

AGAINST:
Girls who cultivate their cuteness, as if it were something that could be controlled.

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Re: Your biases

Postby hewathe » Fri Sep 05, 2008 3:46 pm UTC

Biased in favour of:
people who love dogs
computer geeks
short girls
spies
hippie communes
the Irish

Biased against:
people who can't spell and who use zillions of shortcuts on forums
people who walk slowly in hallways and don't allow room for passing
spiders
gore movies from the 21st century

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Re: Your biases

Postby airtank » Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:00 pm UTC

towards:
smokers
anyone who's cool with smokers
kids with (cool) tattoos/plugs
any dude driving a vehicle bigger than mine
conservatives
anyone i've kissed in the last year
drug users who aren't burnouts
*everyone* at a music festival i'm attending. everyone. especially the cool dudes who give me free acid.

against:
anyone who says "you know smoking is bad for you?"
anyone who coughs when they walk by me as i'm smoking a cigarette. grow the fuck up.
dudes who drive little trucks
squares
obama fanboys (with the sole exception of our favorite webcomic author)
anyone who won't stfu about politics in general
anyone who uses "u," "r," etc. in IMs
burnouts
anyone who gives me shit because my parents have money
dirty mac users
anyone who says "katrina? like the hurricane? man, did you wreck new orleans or what!"
locals
tourists
snowbirds
anyone who really, really likes top 40 music
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Re: Your biases

Postby ishikiri » Fri Sep 05, 2008 4:47 pm UTC

Christ I'm picky.

Towards:

Movies that did badly at the box office but have excellent DVD sales and a cult internet following.
Movies directed by the writer (usually the same as above)
Neo-Noir flicks
People who wear clothes that I want.
Skinny girls.
. . . with 'Vodka voice'.
People who don't bore me.
Fellow heavy drinkers.
People who love Johnny Cash.
Interesting accents and an appreciantion of accents.
People who try out-do my innuendous/perverted comments.
People who know about Guns/weaponry in detail.
People who work out.
People who can quote VeiwAskew flicks.
People who know about things.
Politeness & smiles.
Gangster flicks.
People who actual know what I mean when I ask them if they prefer their Jazz "Hot" or "Cool".
People who read The Punisher. (Marvel Max)
People who just 'get' my favorite threadless T-shirt.
Well travelled folk.

Against:

Cocaine users, when they are on coke.
The Religous
Americans obcessed with their 'heritage', esp. the Irish (Narrowbacks/Plastic Paddies) and Italians.
Fake tans
People who really enjoy going to clubs
Guys who wear GioGoi T-shirts
People who I can work out easily
People who don't read/can't understand why I read
The overweight
'Diamond' earings in guys
Diamonds generally
Cigarette smoke around/at me.
People who have no clue what indie music actually means.
People with ridiculous haircuts.
People who work out (a lot of them are dickheads).
People who tuck their tracksuit bottoms into their socks.
People who wear tracksuits really.
People who wear wife-beaters in any circumstances (even in the gym)
The especially charasmatic/confident
People who are properly concerned with what others think of them that they choose to hide/limit/lose hobbies or interests.
People who feel the need to interact with others who clearly just want to be left alone.
Poor grammer and Spelling.
Bad Tattoos.
Especially fucking star Tattoos (exemption the Super Mario star)
Communists/Marxists
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Re: Your biases

Postby Dingbats » Fri Sep 05, 2008 5:16 pm UTC

Towards:

- People who share my taste in music
- People who get and make references to stuff like xkcd and The Perry Bible Fellowship and non-obvious internet memes (like say, X? In MY Y?)
- People who run Linux and know what vim is
- Cute girls who are not afraid to smile in photos (is that supposed to be in or on or at?)
- People who are my age and live nearby

Against:

- People who smoke and drink
- People who listen to hiphop (too much)
- People who look like this

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Re: Your biases

Postby stockpot » Fri Sep 05, 2008 5:27 pm UTC

Towards:
Women in camouflage pants
People with British accents
People with Indian accents
The elderly
Physically attractive people (by my standards, not yours)
Anyone with a hat on
Children under 12
Men in kilts
Religious people

Against:
Religious people who talk about it excessively
Those who are both tall and chubby - people who are much, much bigger than me
People with bad facial hair
Smokers (completely unfounded - I don't know any smokers who are bad people and I know lots of nonsmokers who are)
Californians not in California
The East Coast
Middle aged people
Women with super long fingernails
People with very clean houses
People with maids, cooks or gardeners
Girls in short skirts, especially when paired with ugg boots or large sunglasses
People attending community colleges (need to work on this; I'm a snob)

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Re: Your biases

Postby The Mighty Thesaurus » Fri Sep 05, 2008 5:39 pm UTC

For:
Objects and events I am biased towards, and things of that nature.

Against:
People who dislike psychology, sociology and linguistics. Using numbers does not make you a better person, or your field more worthwhile.
LE4dGOLEM wrote:your ability to tell things from things remains one of your skills.
Weeks wrote:Not only can you tell things from things, you can recognize when a thing is a thing

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