Friday, June 08, 2007
You will not thank me for drawing your attention to this. It's a set of Harvard University tests to determine your 'implicit associations', meaning, I guess, unthinking prejudices. I seem to have a moderate automatic preference for white people over black people. I couldn't do any more of the tests because life is short and I have a day job. Such things are, of course, manifestations of physics envy, desperate attempts by psychologists to give their subject a hard scientific basis. They shouldn't bother. Psychology is a perfectly respectable and interesting subject without the need for such laughably contrived and rigged mechanisms for persuading me that I am a racist. I probably do have some slight buried preference for whites over blacks. I know it doesn't affect my life and behaviour - I would be ashamed if it did - and, anyway, I prefer people called Bryan with a fondness for Norfolk, Manchester City, Wallace Stevens, cricket and Jeffrey Archer's increasingly error infested blog (the Hockney painting is of trees near Warter, not Water) to either.
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 5:36 am