The idea of this blog stroke my mind the second I got the result from the implicit bias test (https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/selectatest.html). For some of the implicit biases, I got pretty strong biases on some of the categories that I do not think I have biases on. The experience of taking the test also showed me how the feeling is when one acting follow an instinct that he/she cannot resist. Combining this experience with the reading about “The Hidden Brain”, I’m convinced that there is a great part of unconsciousness of my brain. Accept the existence of the unconsciousness leaves me a question about how should I get along with it.
Obviously, the unconsciousness is not a thing that we can fight with since it is actually part of ourselves that formed possibly by the culture, family, values, and status of us as we grow up. However, it is probably neither a good thing that we cut it loose and let it form us. Therefore, not only accept the unconsciousness, we should keep conscious about when we are leading by the unconsciousness intend to control the consequence of it.
I also figure the awareness of unconsciousness could also be the starting point for me open up to diversity. By reading news, I find out that sometimes the reasons for one group of people dislike the others are completely irrational, in contrast, the reasons are always merely feelings coming from their instincts. “I just don’t like blablabla..” they probably may say. If we can be conscious of our instincts and be retrospective about the feelings, we may become more open-minded to a diversity of cultures and people and easier agree with disagreements. Borrow the argument mentioned in the article “How Diversity Makes Us Smarter” (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-diversity-makes-us-smarter/?wt.mc=SA_Facebook-Share): Diversity increase creativity. The argument makes our awareness of our unconsciousness the stepping stone of better group learning and teamwork as individuals in a group.