200 Researchers, 5 Hypotheses, No Consistent Answers

Wired: 200 Researchers, 5 Hypotheses, No Consistent Answers

Originally published: Wired, 06 December 2019

Just how much wisdom is there in the scientific crowd?

If science is an objective means of seeking truth, it’s also one that requires human judgements. Let’s say you’re a psychologist with a hypothesis: People understand that they may be biased in unconscious ways against stigmatized groups; they will admit this if you ask them. That might seem like a pretty straightforward idea—one that’s either true or not. But the best way to test it isn’t necessarily obvious.  First, what do you mean by negative stereotypes? Which stigmatized groups are you talking about? How would you measure the extent to which people are aware of their implicit attitudes, and how would you gauge their willingness to disclose them?

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