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From: NPR

You’re Probably Not As Open-Minded As You Think. Here’s How To Practice

Recognize that your biological hardware isn’t exactly setting you up for success. I have bad news for you about your brain: you don’t fully know what it’s up to. That might sound ridiculous. But in fact, there are tons of things that your brain does without your conscious control, everything from breathing to making split-second associations between things. And those associations aren’t always good ones. There’s plenty of research in psychology to show that almost everybody in the world has what are called “implicit biases.” These are ideas and associations that we pick up from the world around us without even knowing about them. “The quickest way to define what implicit bias is [is] to say it is the thumbprint of the culture on your brain,” says Mahzarin Banaji, a professor of social ethics at Harvard University.

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