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Understanding Hidden Biases

The following scenario is in the book Blindspots, by Harvard social psychologists Mahzarin Banaji and Tony Greenwald: A father and his son are in a car accident. The father dies at the scene and the son, badly injured, is rushed to the hospital. In the operating room, the surgeon looks at the boy and says, ‘I can’t operate on this boy. He is my son.’ How can this be? The authors continue: If your immediate reaction is puzzlement, that’s… Read Essay


How to Choose a Role Model

We are a species that depends on one another for learning, self-worth, emulation, connection, safety, transferring ideas and stories, and collaboration. As the iconic designer Paula Scher said, We can pick our teachers and we can pick… Read Essay


Practicing Meditation

The first time someone suggested meditation as a daily practice to reduce stress and organize my thoughts, I cringed inwardly and outwardly. I was appalled, even angry, that my dermatologist advised me to meditate… Read Essay