View Full Version : bias vs. prejudice

10-24-2006, 08:06 PM
again for the test...

is there actually a difference?

We have a test tomorrow on powerpoint slides that he never actually went over with us. We even had to buy an 80 book for this class that I have yet to open. it's a very interesting class, but i think that there are better ways to figure out what we are learning other than multiple choice tests! Which i made an 87 on my math test! i'm so mad i could spit!

THANKS for your help!

Magnum V.I.
10-24-2006, 08:09 PM
I think a bias is like, you prefer coke over Pepsi, whereas a Prejudice is you just absolutely HATE Pepsi...

Again Wikireality to the rescue

A bias is a prejudice in a general or specific sense, usually in the sense for having a preference to one particular point of view or ideological perspective. However, one is generally only said to be biased if one's powers of judgment are influenced by the biases one holds, to the extent that one's views could not be taken as being neutral or objective, but instead as subjective. A bias could, for example, lead one to accept or deny the truth of a claim, not on the basis of the strength of the arguments in support of the claim themselves, but because of the extent of the claim's correspondence with one's own preconceived ideas. This is called confirmation bias.

is, as the name implies, the process of "pre-judging" something. It implies coming to a judgment on a subject before learning where the preponderance of evidence actually lies, or forming a judgment without direct experience. Holding a politically unpopular view is not in itself prejudice, and politically popular views are not necessarily free of prejudice. When applied to social groups, prejudice generally refers to existing biases toward the members of such groups, often based on social stereotypes; and at its most extreme, results in groups being denied benefits and rights unjustly or, conversely, unfairly showing unwarranted favor towards others.

Brad N.
10-24-2006, 08:12 PM
I always think of bias as an opinion you have (negative or positive) based on personal experience (internal)...you're biased because you work for Target and you're asked to do a survey on Wal-Mart for example. Predjudice is more external like you don't like homeless people because they all smell like pee or whatever.