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Bias

Tripped over an article on bias from slate (http://www.slate.com/id/2134921/?nav=tap3), and took some of the associated tests (https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/index.jsp)

"One reason to encourage employers to give the test is that, as Berkeley psychologist Jack Glaser points out, just taking it may sometimes be enough to convince people they are prejudiced and should try to change."

I'm still digesting my results...
Permalink Phibian 
January 28th, 2006 9:14am
Your data suggest little to no automatic preference between European American and African American.

Hmmm....
Permalink Mac 
January 28th, 2006 9:42am
"Your data suggest a slight automatic preference for White American compared to Black American."

I think I'd like to see the test the other way around to see what impact it has.  For me, White and then Good words were on one side and then the Black and Bad words were on the other.  Yes, they did switch them but after 3 rounds of the first, I suspect there is just a bit of muscle/reflexive training that happens.


The article also points out that using this test for employment could be bad... well yeah, if someone isn't allowed* to discriminate based on religion, politics, etc, they should equally not be allowed to discriminate based on "bias".


* I happen to believe that an employer should be able to discriminate on anything he or she wants as long as they make it clear up front.  If you want your company to be 100% women, sure, just don't waste my time.  Tell me up front.  If you don't want to hire Libertarians, Gays, Blacks, Whites, Blonds, muppet, the French, or anyone else...  the last time I checked, the First Amendment allows the "right of the people peaceably to assemble".
Permalink Send private email KC 
January 28th, 2006 9:45am
There is no law discriminating idiots from passing opinions.
Permalink Send private email Simon Lucy 
January 28th, 2006 11:23am
I took the older vs. younger test and it showed I had no bias.
Permalink Notorious 
January 28th, 2006 1:10pm
Back in high school around the time that we were all applying for various scholarships for post secondary education, our favourite in-joke was that when we "grew up" and were in a position to do so, we should create a scholarship for people named 'insert my real name here'.  Applicants would have to write a five page essay on what being named 'my real name' meant to them in order to win.

<aside>our school had a scholarship club even, which is pretty geeky in retrospect...<aside>.

I was just thinking it would be amusing to have a company where all employees had to be named Bob.  Or Bobette. 

Of course, this could be a direct result of listening to too many inspirational corporate messages yesterday (one of our clients has asked us to send a voicemail to all of their employees which, among other things, tells them "Today I want you to ponder how we get from here to next. I know this sounds daunting, but it will become clearer after our town hall meeting this afternoon." Poor saps...)
Permalink Phibian 
January 28th, 2006 6:25pm
"Your data suggest a moderate automatic preference for White American compared to African American."

huh.  who knew.
Permalink Send private email FullNameRequired 
January 28th, 2006 8:02pm
Why can't everyone be a Young, Thin, White, Straight, Christian, Light Skin, Male!
Permalink Anon 
January 29th, 2006 2:57am
KC tries to weasel his way out of it.  Don't you think they correct for you getting better at the game?
Permalink xava! 
January 29th, 2006 2:28pm

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