Playing with Perceptions

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Where do stereotypes come from? Why do some perceptions persist, and is there any truth or value to the assumptions we make? TED speakers examine the consequences of stereotypes. Playwright and performer Sarah Jones explores the fine line between stereotyping and celebrating different ethnic groups. Iranian-American comedian and actor Maz Jobrani describes a comic's role in challenging stereotypes — especially when it comes to Middle Eastern Muslims in America. Artist Hetain Patel toys with race, identity, language and accent — and challenges us to think beyond surface appearances. Educator, poet and "tri-tongued orator" Jamila Lyiscott unpacks the three distinct flavors of English she speaks with her friends, family and colleagues. And psychologist Paul Bloom explains why prejudice is natural, rational and even moral.

Learn more or listen again to this week's episode, which originally aired on November 16, 2014.

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Guy Raz