Friday, July 17, 2015

Reflect for Peace

We are born with preferences to identify with the similar and reject the unfamiliar and different. We erroneously believe our survival depends on it (Banaji and Greenwald, 2013). Does this mean we are doomed to violence and war among ourselves? Yes, unless we understand that we are all biased. Let's use our reflective thinking and ignore the automatic biased survival instincts. We can do it, if we consciously decide to ignore our unconscious hidden biases.

We are All Biased

Unconscious Bias


Learn more about the test from Mahzarin Banaji from Harvard University. 

Intentions and Behaviour

 "Project Implicit investigates thoughts and feelings that exist outside of conscious awareness or conscious control. Visit the research or demonstration websites to try out some tests and learn more about the research and yourself" (Project Implicit).  Participate in the research study site set up by Harvard University. Find out if you are unconsciously biased and categorize your first impressions by stereotyping people. You may not act upon your prejudice, but you may be surprised that you are not who you think you are. PARTICIPATE You can beat your bias by reflecting and understanding that you are not your thoughts unless you act upon them.

Who does this woman represent? 

I bought the audio on audible and the book from Amazon, but you'r free to download the e-book for free. Download

Peace and love to all. Banaji, M. R., & Greenwald, A. G. (2013). Blindspot: Hidden biases of good people. New York: Delacorte Press.

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