Why is no one immune to having racial biases?

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I’ll just put this here:

Racism is a phenomenon that emerges from our individual lived experiences and the culture in which we grow up and participate in as adults. A humanistic perspective or a logical mind does not obviate biases in how we know things, and thus, how we perceive or perform as actors in it.

Anthropologist Greg Laden will discuss North American racism as a phenomenon in science and society, its history, and how it is maintained. How do racial, or similar, biases form at the individual and societal level? How are they affected, or not, by societal fixes, great speeches, or education? How can Humanists be better humanists by grappling with this difficult area of human behavior?

Greg Laden is a biological anthropologist, educator, and science writer. His PhD work (at Harvard) was with the Efe Pygmies of the PR Congo, and he has contributed to research on the key features of human evolution, the initial chimp-human split, and the rise of our genus Homo. More recently, Laden studies, speaks, and writes about climate change and race and racism. He is working on a book on falsehoods we know and love.

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One thought on “Why is no one immune to having racial biases?

  1. Hi Greg Laden,

    Thank you for sharing your excellent presentation in the YouTube video.

    It is indeed very difficult to avoid many unconscious and ingrained biases, some of which can easily lead to subtle and/or overt racism, and many of which I have discussed in my very long and detailed post published at http://soundeagle.wordpress.com/2017/10/18/the-quotation-fallacy/

    I have also used some sociological and anthropological concepts in the said posts, plus some from the behavioural science.

    I look forward to your new “book on falsehoods we know and love”.

    May you find this autumn very much to your liking and highly conducive to your writing, thinking and lecturing!

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