Our brains: predictably irrational
The 3 pounds of jelly in our skulls allow us to reflect on our own consciousness — and to make counterintuitive, irrational decisions. These talks explore why.
Immaculate perception: Jerry Kang at TEDxSanDiego 2013 (by TEDx Talks)
Even if you know about ego depletion effects, the prisoner you encounter after lunch will still seem like a better candidate for parole. Even if you know that implicit bias is likely to affect your assessment of a resume’s quality, you will still experience the candidate with the African-American name as being less qualified than the candidate with the European-American name. And even if you know about Paul Rozin’s disgust work, you will still hesitate to drink Dom Perignon out of a sterile toilet bowl.
Evidence suggests that minorities experience contact with the police at rates that far outstrip their share of crime. One study found that the probability that a black male 18 or 19 years of age will be stopped by police in New York City at least once during 2006 is 92 percent. The probability for a Latino male of the same age group is 50 percent. For a young white man, it is 20 percent.