Bias by Bernard Goldberg

You’re biased is the cry of the day.  Another is you’re prejudiced.  Another deals with the inability to see a facet of our personality or even having others see it and point it out.  This last was described in Johari’s window as the dark pane labeled unknown to self and unknown to others.  Though perhaps timely rather than timeless it is still a great read which will force one to consider the log in their eye when trying to remove the speck in another’s eye (The Sermon On The Mount Matthew 5-7).

I didn’t have a good grounding in the blindness of self and others before reading this work.  I had always looked at bias as the preferential track one takes in various domains of physics, or a path, one level and smooth the other brambled and rocky.  Of course the bias is toward the level easy way.  The downhill rather than the up.  Goldberg, of course, opens and expands my thinking to mental bias, institutional bias and the difference between a carefully thought out position taken after consideration of all other positions. This is much different from pre-judging which is a form of bias—perhaps group-think If you reject the reading of this book out of hand  “…”

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