Prejudice

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Prejudice often means an unjustifiable bias in favour of or against a particular individual or group is a rush to judgement. But it is also frequently used to mean any rush to judgement, about anything--such as theories, proposals, or inventions. It is a complex set of emotions which may be based on stereotype, on fear of the unknown, or prior experience transferred to all members of a group. Anyone can feel prejudice, but it is acting based on prejudice that causes the real damage.