I've been thinking about asking such a question and when I say "misconception", I do mean it as "a view or opinion that is incorrect because it is based on faulty thinking or understanding."

The purpose of my question is -- because I see quite a few questions that's just plain wrong (i.e. historians and newer research told us so) -- so I would like to know why the assumptions/misconceptions keeps coming up.

I do wonder, if at all possible, how do I know/find out what are the areas of misunderstanding. I won't ask why they have such views (that is personal) but I would like to know what it is that they misunderstood about these group of people in history.

Is this question permitted?

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    I'm thinking on the point of view of "ethnogenesis" for Eurasian steppe - which is so broad that it will include *Proto-Indo-Europeans, and the Mongols (which seem like a current trend), and quite a bit more. I see the question of "race" seeping in so often and confusing it with culture ... i'm getting an itch! – J Asia Jul 23 '17 at 1:37
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    Ethnogenesis (from Greek ethnos ἔθνος, "group of people, nation", and genesis γένεσις, "beginning, coming into being"; plural ethnogeneses) is "the formation and development of an ethnic group." This can originate through a process of self-identification as well as come about as the result of outside identification. (Wikipedia) – J Asia Jul 23 '17 at 1:38

Honestly, if you are explicit about the historical research that shows the "misconception" is actually incorrect, and cite your sources, I can't see why not. It sounds like you'd be providing up-to-date information.

I'm curious though. which group of people are you thinking about?

  • Have expanded via comments. Thanks. – J Asia Jul 24 '17 at 3:33

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