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"If you think of stereotypes as some sort of flaw in our mind, some sort of pathology or cruelty, you won't understand them or know how to combat them" — Paul Bloom

"If you think of stereotypes as some sort of flaw in our mind, some sort of pathology or cruelty, you won't understand them or know how to combat them" — Paul Bloom

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Playing With Perceptions

Where do stereotypes come from? Why do some perceptions persist, and is there any truth or value to the assumptions we make? In this hour, TED speakers examine the consequences of stereotypes.

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What's The Line Between Stereotyping, Celebrating Culture?

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"Stand-up comedy is really like therapy ... by finding the funny in it, it helps you cope" — Maz Jobrani James Duncan Davidson/TED hide caption

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Can Comedy Break Stereotypes?

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How Can First Impressions Mislead Us?

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What Does It Mean To Be 'Articulate'?

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Why Do We Create Stereotypes?

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