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Double Astuteness

April 28, 2013

Heard a great piece on NPR last week about a new book called Blindspot:  Hidden Biases of Good People, delving into the hidden world of our prejudices and biases.  The radio piece looked at our hidden prejudices we have that don’t look like prejudices because they are positive towards people (rather than what we usually think of prejudices, which are negative and vindictive), and it sounds like the book goes deeper into looking at all sorts of biases.  Great to listen to, and great that this book’s out – anything that helps get a broader conversation and awareness of all our blind spots (both about others and ourselves) out there is beneficial!

Also, saw a great shirt today that read “People don’t want advice.  They want corroboration.”    Astute!

2 comments

  1. […] It’s a great exploration, I won’t ruin it by trying to summarize it, so do check it out. His telling of his swimming trip is excellent, very relatable to many instances in my life and, I’d wager, in just about everyone’s life. We’ve had experiences like this, where we’ve come face to face with a seemingly strange incongruence like that, where we’ve been brought face to face with our own ability to fool ourselves. What he’s inviting is for us to realize that it’s not just in that moment that we fooled ourselves, but it’s all over the place. It’s one of the wonderful aspects of being human, the hidden biases that are both overt (like racism) and covert (like the book and radio piece I linked to here: https://lynxthoughts.wordpress.com/2013/04/28/double-astuteness/) […]


  2. […] It is a thing, however, that has impact in our thoughts, our feelings, our opinions, our gut feels, and our actions. Our brains are wonderful pattern making machines. They absorb stimuli and messages from the world around us, and they form views of the world that define our reality and our experience of the world.* Sometimes – often – our brain will create views where we didn’t consciously or deliberately choose what the view would be.   It was inadvertently created from the stimuli and messages and information we see/saw around us. And then we are biased towards that view, and thus it becomes a bias. (Shankar Vedantam’s “The Hidden Brain” and Mahzarin Banaji’s “Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People” provide good primers on this topic. (Also see posts about them here and here.)) […]



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