Followed by a public reception at 7:00 pm
Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People*
Mahzarin R. Banaji
Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics
Most human beings take seriously the idea that their behavior ought to be consistent with their stated beliefs and values. The last fifty years of research in psychology has challenged that possibility by revealing that our minds operate, much of the time, without conscious awareness. Professor Banaji will speak to the question of how well-intentioned people behave in ways that deviate from their own intentions, and how this state of affairs compromises our decisions in legal, medical, financial, and political contexts.
*Book to be published February 2013