The idea that people should use their own judgement to make decisions in an economic and social sense is deeply embedded in American culture.
This idea, which is sometimes called the “self serving fallacy,” is commonly used to justify people using unethical practices in order to benefit themselves and others.
But as the American Enterprise Institute’s Brian Wansink recently explained, the idea of self-served bias is itself rooted in American history.
“It was developed in the mid-19th century by political scientists in the United States and is rooted in the idea that all decisions, no matter how important, are made by men,” Wansinks writes in his book “The Ethics of the Self-Serving Behavior.”
And this idea is something that is widely accepted and accepted by many Americans today.
“The self-serving fallacy is a popular American myth,” Winsink wrote.
“People often say that the American people are ‘self-serving’ in the sense that they act in their own self-interest, but the truth is, American self-service is a complex process that is influenced by a variety of cultural, economic, political, and ethical influences.”
The self-sustaining fallacy is often used to defend some of the most unethical practices and policies that we as a society have been able to successfully implement.
It also appears to have a strong appeal among conservatives and libertarians, who see it as an answer to the current “war on poverty” and other issues.
But there is one important issue that has largely escaped the attention of the self-serve fallacy’s defenders: the use of bias to discriminate against people.
“If you look at the history of bias and discrimination, you will find that discrimination and bias have been very, very important in the history and practice of America,” Wantsink writes.
The concept of self serving bias can be traced back to at least the 18th century, when it was widely accepted by people who had lived through the American Revolution.
In his 1842 book, The Federalist Papers, James Madison wrote, “There are two modes of discriminating.
The one is the method of discriminating in the mind, by which a man finds a reason to favor or despise another.”
The other, in which a person uses his mind to determine his own conduct, is called “the self-interested discrimination.”
“There is no doubt that the self serves its own interest,” Wainsinks wrote.
And yet, it is not always clear whether this bias is an accurate portrayal of how we behave in the real world.
The self serves an important purpose in society, but it does not necessarily serve the interests of all people equally, Winsinks explains.
“Some people may do the best they can for themselves, and others may do what is in their best interest, but both are likely to be disadvantaged in the end by the discrimination that others impose,” Witsink writes in The Ethics of Self-Sustaining Behavior.
“In the end, we must be very careful in what we choose to do.”
If the self is a useful, but imperfect instrument of social control, then it must be a tool that is more than a mere tool of self defense.
“Self-serving” is a term that has been used to describe many types of unethical behavior, but Wansinking argues that it is also an important way to understand the motivations behind some of our most egregious behavior.
“We are all born with the capacity to be selfish, and to act on that selfishness,” he said.
“But it is very difficult for us to see how we can be honest with ourselves about that.”
Wansinski suggests that the term “self-sucking bias” is misleading because it doesn’t really describe how people behave when faced with a problem.
“When faced with an unfair situation, most people will do the things that they think are in their self-regarding interest,” he explained.
But the self will not always be the best choice, Wansinsky suggests. “
There might be a certain amount of self interest in a situation, but that doesn’t mean they know what they’re doing is in the best interests of the individual.”
But the self will not always be the best choice, Wansinsky suggests.
“You have to be careful about using the term ‘self’ as if it were a synonym for ‘good,’ because we’re talking about a very complicated system,” he told ThinkProgress.
“A self-aware person knows that he or she is not doing anything that is good for the individual, and it is a very difficult concept to wrap your head around.”
It is not surprising that bias, Wantsinks suggests, is a powerful tool in society today.
It is also not surprising, however, that we can still see it.
“I think the fact that people have a tendency to use the term self-sacrifice to describe a problem, which we would call bias, is pretty interesting