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    I grew up in a racially diverse environment and thought it was great. It made school a lot more interesting, and when I had to move to an all white school in the 6th grade I totally missed it.

    But in groups where prejudice and racism sometimes exist, whether it be with white rural Protestants or... umm.. okay pretty much them... multiculturalism is sometimes met with hostility. However, all groups, slowly, are becoming more liberal minded in this arena.

    Quote Originally Posted by JocktheMotie View Post
    However, who is more different? People that look differently but think alike, or people who look the same but think differently?
    The people who think alike. But you're probably 100x more likely to find different perspectives among racially diverse groups than racially homogeneous groups. Environments are still fairly segregated between different ethnicities, and environment largely dictates perspective.

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    Within reasonable limits, yes. To say outright that diversity = good means you're creating a half-truth, and a half-truth is more dangerous than a lie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JocktheMotie View Post
    In my experience it does, but then you typically get called a racist or a sexist when you imply a certain background can tend to shape your ideas.

    But in the end, the differences in life experiences are all that matter, unless it's a Pepsi commercial or University brochure, in which case I can infer that true diversity comes from people who look different.
    Quote Originally Posted by proteanmix View Post
    I think differences in life experiences are often shaped by and a direct result of in things like sexuality/gender/race/handicap. Looking different counts for a lot.
    +1

    I find it interesting how I can agree with what appear to be superficially two opposite points of view. Nuance!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peguy View Post
    Within reasonable limits, yes.
    When does the amount of diversity go outside reasonable limits, in you view?

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    What is diversity? If people are all different anyway, what do we mean by diversity? Diversity of experiences? Of views? It seems complex. And, as such, it is probably both beneficial and yet detrimental to group function. Depends on what we mean by group function.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Synarch View Post
    What is diversity? If people are all different anyway, what do we mean by diversity? Diversity of experiences? Of views? It seems complex. And, as such, it is probably both beneficial and yet detrimental to group function.
    Probably about 80% of the time the word is used, it's referring to race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    Probably about 80% of the time the word is used, it's referring to race.
    Diversity of views, diversity of type (especially in the context of this forum), diversity of political affiliation, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    Probably about 80% of the time the word is used, it's referring to race.
    Yes which means such diversity is literally skin-deep.

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    depends on the purpose of the group and what type of diversity you mean.

    though, diversity for diversity's sake is often pointless and can lead to problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    When does the amount of diversity go outside reasonable limits, in you view?
    I guess when it destroys the fundamental sense of unity that undergrids the group in question; to the point that unity can only be maintained through arbitrary means. Too much diversity often leads to social fragmenation, as Robert Putnam's study showed.

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