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The End of Bias: A Beginning
The End of Bias: A Beginning: The Science and Practice of Overcoming Unconscious Bias | Jessica Nordell
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The End of Bias is a transformative, groundbreaking exploration into how we can eradicate unintentional bias and discrimination, the great issue of our age, from acclaimed science and culture journalist Jessica Nordell. Implicit bias: persistent, unintentional prejudiced behavior that clashes with our consciously held beliefs. We know that it exists, to corrosive and even lethal effect. We see it in schools, where teachers are more likely to find slim children intelligent. We see it in medicine, where womenespecially women of colorreceive less pain treatment than men. And as we know from the police killings of so many Black people in America, bias can be deadly. But are we able to step beyond recognition of our prejudice to actually change it? With over ten years immersion in the topic, Jessica Nordell digs deep into the cognitive science, social psychology, and developmental research that underpin current efforts to change unintentional bias by changing our behavior. She examines diversity training, deployed across the land as a corrective but with dubious results. She then explores what works and why: the meditation used at a police department in Oregon that helps officers transform their emotional responses; the diagnostic checklist adopted by doctors at Johns Hopkins Hospital to prevent bias in treatment; and the preschool in Sweden, where teachers are trained to avoid stereotyping children. Biased behavior can be changed, and we already know how to do it. Includes illustrated charts
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Christine
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This was quite good. Written by a journalist but super grounded in a whole bunch of social science research. I like the framing of first showing how bias works and then examining some bias-countering practices that have actually worked in areas like education, policing, the workplace, and healthcare. I read this via audio and highlighted key passages in an ARC that I was fortunate enough to receive from #LibraryThing. The author ⬇️⬇️

Christine narrates and doesn‘t necessarily have that pro narrator style, but I enjoyed (might be bc she‘s apparently from the very same part of Wisconsin where I grew up, so probably her slight regional accent spoke to my soul :). There were some really beautiful turns of phrase in this, too, which kind of would catch me off guard, but in a good way. #EarlyReviewers 6mo
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This is a fantastic look at bias, blending numerous social science research studies that reveal how bias develops and real world programs intended to reduce bias, showing what has and hasn‘t worked. I found myself nodding through a lot of it. I think it would be a great tool in many settings (um, like for juries, maybe?), and it‘s a terrific read.

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Right now seems like a good time to focus on bias. For, you know, reasons.

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This is a huge topic & I think the author did a good job of tackling the subject. With lots of examples of how unconscious bias works & how we can work towards removing it, it's an interesting read but at times it can be heavy going. 3⭐

Thanks to NetGalley & publishers, Granta Publications, for the opportunity to read an ARC.

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Christine
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Very excited to have received an #ARC of this from the #librarything #earlyreviewer program! And really interested to see which social scientific approaches to understanding bias she covers.

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