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Are You Biased?
Are you biased? Of course, we
all are. In today's politically
charged environment, bias has
become scandalous. Implicit bias
can be favorable and faulty.
Implicit bias gives doctors
the ability to react quickly
with limited data. For example,
if a morbidly obese person is
complaining of chest pain, it is
reasonable for a physician to
assume a heart attack is taking
place. Quick treatment may save
the life of the patient.
However, a pulled muscle in the
patient's chest may also be the
culprit. So, a blood test to
confirm the Doctors suspicions
makes more sense than
immediately scheduling bypass
It appears the
way we react to our biases is
more important than the fact
that they exist. In business, we
must be aware of our biases
allowing us to follow our
instincts without constant
second-guessing. The more
knowledge we accumulate makes
following our instincts easier.
Our inclinations can help guide
us to the correct assumption or
get in our way.
Complications ensue when bias is
the sole determiner of an
outcome. Knowledge and awareness
of bias coupled with instinct
offer the best opportunity for a
favorable result. Demonizing
bias as an opportunity to virtue
signal often hurts the people
that the demonizer pretends to
I have a bias that
men are generally stronger than
women. Of course, this isn't
true in all cases and only
becomes an issue if I think it
is. Bias can speed up
decision-making. If tempered
with proper knowledge, bias can
lead to faster, more appropriate
decisions. Figuring out which of
our biases are helpful and which
are harmful is a critical step.
Both the word tendency and
bigotry are synonyms for bias.
That is quite a range. Our
implicit bias can guide us to
quicker decisions, lets not
confuse it with conscious,
Just For Grins
- I didn't know I had
OCD until I watched my kids hang ornaments on the
tree wherever they wanted!
- I just know I will die
trying to pet something I shouldn't.
- A dirty mind makes
ordinary conversations more interesting.
- I do my own stunts,
but not intentionally.
- Thanks to whoever told
my Mom that WTF means "wow that's fantastic." Her
texts are so much more fun now.
- I don't mind coming to
work, but waiting 8 hours to go home is ridiculous.
- Everyone needs at
least one sarcastic friend. I am pleased to be of
service to you.
- Starting your day
with an early morning run is a great way to make
sure it can't get any worse.
- A great way to get
out of a conversation is to take off one of your
socks and hand it to the person talking.
- I have done some
terrible things for money....like getting up early
to go to work.
- I really need a speed
bump between my brain and my mouth.
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