Disparate Thinking: Issue 2
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Disparate Thinking: Issue 2

About the Book

Imagine being thrown into a world where you do not know the rules. You do not know who to trust and who to fear. Who to love. Who to hate. Toss in 7 billion others just like you and a bunch of animal species beyond your own. Then imagine having a finite amount of time to experience that.

And there you are.

And here I am.

And there they are.

Now imagine wanting to connect. Having the ability to connect in a way that has never existed in the known history of the universe. And, above all, not really being able to. Where conversations are not explorations in curiosity, but exercises in proving who’s right and who’s wrong.

And there you are.

And here I am.

And there they are.

It was somewhat in that malaise and ennui that I found myself compelled to start this project. It was the aftermath of the 2016 United States Presidential Election that pushed me over the edge as I watched my friends from all walks of life begin tearing one another apart. I should note, I did not start this with pessimism and bitterness in my soul. Rather with the naive, and possibly hubristic belief that I could lend a hand in the drive toward a more civil discourse and understanding.

About the Author

Joshua Bruce
Joshua Bruce

I'm a wanderer and a collector of stories who feels like an alien dropped on a ship with limited time to interact and explore.

I love to learn. I love to experience. I love to share.

Working as a life and Agile Coach. Academically focused in the fine arts. Personally trained in software engineering. And fascinated by the human condition of being an alien on a ship set adrift in a sea of stars surrounded by 7+ billion other aliens here, for what seems like, the first time; all that to say, I have an affinity for the humanities (mainly psychology, sociology, and philosophy).

Table of Contents

  • Forward
    • Who I am
    • How Disparate Thinking Works (right now)
  • -isms in my opinion aren’t good
  • Racism
    • Major divisions
    • Ethnic groups
    • Physicality
    • Descended from a common ancestry
    • Identifying racism
    • Racism with a stipulation
    • Superiority
    • Closing thoughts
  • Sexism
    • Closing thoughts
  • Ageism
    • Closing thoughts
  • Classism
    • Social Conflict Theory
    • Up and down
    • The American Dream
    • Closing thoughts
  • Bigotry
    • Social holons as cells
    • Ideology
    • Not real
    • Closing thoughts
  • Religious discrimination
    • Closing thoughts
  • Genderism
    • Cleaning out the closet
    • Masculine and feminine actions
    • Labels
    • Ideologies related to genderism and sex
    • The narratives aren’t helping
    • Roles, nature, nurture, and evolution
    • Evolution of human interaction
    • Closing thoughts
  • Sexualism
    • Closing thoughts
  • Discrimination based on marital status
    • Closing thoughts
  • Family Responsibilities Discrimination
  • National origin discrimination
    • Out with the old, in with the new
    • Personal proximity and impact
    • Confirmation bias
    • Automation not automaton
    • Closing thoughts
  • Sizeism
    • Heightism
    • Volumism
    • Muscleism?
    • Closing thoughts
  • Ableism
    • Closing thoughts
  • And more
    • Dependence to independence, maybe
    • We have found new power
    • You want an enemy?
    • Closing thoughts on -isms
  • Notes

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