Often I hear "This is a game of incomplete information", or "We can assume because of their age/ethnicity/gender that villain plays..."
I wanted to open a dialogue about this line of reasoning. I understand (or at least believe I understand) the logic underlying this thought process; "We have to use the information we have to infer the player's style in order to make a better decision that if we had no information at all".
However, I believe that these inferences are often less accurate than we perceive, and might inhibit us from actually registering the truly relevant information that's is available to us (info from showdowns for example). If we classify a player simply from their appearance, are we more prone to operate from a confirmation bias, and register evidence that solely confirms our preconceptions?
I have played against strong and weak female players, passive and aggressive Asian players, Laggy and fishy young people, Laggy and fishy old people.
Also I wanted to inquire as to the perceptions people had as to how this line of reasoning might be harmful to our daily outlook. Broad generalizations can have a tremendously detrimental outcome to how we view the people and realities around us. In a time that is so tumultuous, I simply wanted to ask if it is ok for us as humans, and players, to view individuals through such a one-dimensional lens?