Why do all ____ people look alike?

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  1. larryindiana219

    larryindiana219 Banned

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    All ignorance aside..

    We've all said it about one race or another.... no specifics from me... but seriously, how is it that this happens? Like I know all (insert any race here)people don't look the same to each other, but they do to me, or you. And it's different for every person. Some Japanese guymight say all.. I dunno.. all Italians look the same. And of course the Italian guy would be like ""Wth [​IMG]?" But on another note, some Black guy might say all Mexicans look the same.Or maybe some Navajo guy thinks all Iraqis look the same. And of course it isn't true. Nobody looks exactly like anybody; not even twins.We're all about as different as snow flakes, for lack of a better cliche. And I don't think anybody is really intentionally coming off racists, buthave you seen a herd of zebra lately? We're all human here, so let's be real. I'm sure they can see the difference, but I damn surecan't. All I see is striped horses.

    What is that? How does that work? Is it scientific or social? Is it an instinctive "Us vs. Them" mentality?
     
  2. nawth21

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    Has to do with how the brain increases efficiency and compartmentalizing things and grouping things together yada yada yada there is some long !%+ explanation(just one of many) for this behavior. It's just not race, the brain does it with everything. There is probably a social aspect as well but damned if I knowwhat it is, or remember what it is.
     
  3. larryindiana219

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    **Thanks God the first reply wasn't completely ignortant..**
     
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  5. j23s

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    I guess because we are used to seeing one or two races so when we see a different race we tend to associate them with a race of someone we've seen before
     
  6. 18th letter

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    Despite the fact that I see about on average I see 1,000+ new, different people daily, I feel as if I
    see the same faces every single day. I agree with you OP, and I understand EXACTLY what you are
    talking about.
     
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  8. air max 87

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    cause they do [​IMG]
     
  9. shaunhillftw49

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    Larry Fitz?
     
  10. biggatree

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    Somalians and Ethiopians have a very distinctive look. I can spot somebody from the horn of Africa from miles away. Not sure why that is.
     
  11. larryindiana219

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    [​IMG] I don't even know if I wanna say what made me think of this thread, but I agree with you. I just don't know why I do [​IMG]
     
  12. guttagetsbusy

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    Over/under 10 pages?
     
  13. primavera vills

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    It's not always like that, but I understand what you mean.....and I can't explain it.
     
  14. larryindiana219

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    No, but it's cool. I realize me dreads make me and every other dreaded up guy look related. I just became Mekhi Phife's 4th cousin orsomething.
     
  15. dkjordan23

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    i think we're just more likely to be able to distinguish and differentiate looks when we are with a group of people for a while.

    Im half asian, half white. I used not to hang out with asians. back then, they all kinda looked alike to me. Now i hang out with asians, and i dont think theylook alike anymore. but as i've hung out with white people less and less, they start looking alike to me now [​IMG]
     
  16. larryindiana219

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  17. eghckk

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    It's called the cross-race effect. I don't really know why we do it though. Maybe if you don't spend too much time being exposed to a certain groupthey all look alike because your mind only recognizes common shared features of the people that all belong to that group instead of unique ones.
     
  18. shaunhillftw49

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    Same. Some guy in my senior year called me by another kids name who looked nothing like me, but I guess he associated us with the same ethnicity.
     
  19. stacksblowinpurp

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    [​IMG]i knew i wanst tha only one that thought that
     
  20. thytkerjobs

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    just had this convo yesterday lol. very true.
     
  21. damu

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    i don't think any race looks all the same however people with down syndrome all look the same to me or at least related. i'm sure there is a reason forthat though.
     
  22. larryindiana219

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    That's mostly in your mind..

    Dirty looks NOTHING like "Demetri" from FlashForward, for example... and neither look anything like Jackie Chan or Jet Li.

    And I doubt you see the irony...
     
  23. cucumbercool

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    At my job I find the a certain sect of Jewish women (either Orthodox or Hasidic) look the same because they have the typical a little higher than shoulderlength hair curled a little at the end. ALL black outfit..Usually something similar to a dress with a black hat on but I can't describe the hat. Think of asmall box, all black, on someone's head. If anyone knows the sect of Judaism I'm talking about please let me know.