Arguments for xenophobia?

What are the arguments for and against xenophobia?

Asked on June 27, 2017 in Controversial.
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Divide society. National barriers, religion and cultures all cause an us and them mentality. Technology has brought us closer together meaning we need more inclusive mentalities then divisive ones. If our world was ever attacked the enemy would not need to divide and conquer as we have already done that ourselves.

con

Answered on August 26, 2017.
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Xenophobia is an obsolete mechanism from out of the old brain. As progressive humans we must recognize we are past that and use our rational new brain to suppress detrimental instincts that have no relevance in the modern day.

con

Answered on July 5, 2017.
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Xenophobia is natural and in our evolutionary past allowed us to protect ourselves form dangerous outsiders. Studies of primates and other closely related animals show xenophobia existing in the animal kingdom as well.

pro

Answered on July 5, 2017.
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Generalizations are never true. No group of people is always this and always that. This thinking is based on stereotypes and confirmation bias and is illogical thinking.

con

Answered on July 9, 2017.
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In the modern world there are still in groups and out groups and people will always look after their own. If shit ever hit the fan in modern society people wouldn’t go out and help strangers they would help their family and friends and their local community which would most likely be the same religious, racial or cultural group.

pro

Answered on July 6, 2017.
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It is an evolutionary throwback. The instinct of xenophobia comes from our old brain, the one we evolved to have over a million years ago. It is also the same brain that is responsible for anger and anxiety. While these three things were important in hunter gatherer times we have no need for them now. We must use our rational new brain to overcome unnecessary instincts in order to prosper as a civilisation.

con

Answered on July 9, 2017.
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Safety first. While acceptance and tolerance are important safety and survival are always the first priority. It times of strife us vs them group mentalities form and if you have shunned your own group and welcomed another you are going to find enemies on all sides.

pro

Answered on August 26, 2017.
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