How is it even sensible to claim, as did my psychology professor. as well as ‘intellectuals’ like Edward Said, that it’s impossible to make at least minor generalizations aka stereotypes about different cultures, when we know for a fact that memes and meme frequencies vary between cultures? Perhaps, since memes and meme frequencies also vary WITHIN cultures, one can’t claim that cultures are monolithic or be able to predict the exact mematic characteristics of any given individual from that culture with a degree of certainty, but that’s only because statistics don’t account for individual variation. One can still predict the mematic characteristics of any given member of a culture, with SOME degree of certainly. Certain mematic characteristics appear much more frequently in some cultures than others. Yes you can find members of the American culture hold a meme which compels them to take a murderous or violent stance toward ‘unchaste’ women, but it’s much much more likely to find such a meme in any given sample of an Islamic-influenced culture, since that meme occurs in much greater frequency in the Islamic world. So is it inaccurate to say that Muslim men from an Islamic society are much more likely to be abusive or oppressive toward women? No, that’s simply an indisputable statistical fact. Is it inaccurate to point to any random Muslim man from an Islamic society and say that he’s abusive or oppressive toward women? Yes. All you can claim is that he’s statistically more likely to be than say, an American. Same thing goes for the suicide bombing/terrorism meme. That is why it is a shameful misallocation of human resources to equally screen people of all cultures at places like airports. Statistically, it’s infinitesimally unlikely that an elderly white, black, Hispanic or Asian American non- Muslim woman is going to hold the suicide bombing/terrorism meme.

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