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do you mean that you're an X, and when you take the test as an X it says you're biased against Ys, but when you check the Y box the results say you're biased against Xs?

No, they had separate tests for different ethnicities. Before starting a test for each ethnicity you were supposed to check the box on whether you belong to that ethnicity.
I would find it very surprising if greater unconscious racism/sexism/etc. did not on average reduce the effectiveness of collaboration with members of the biased-against groups

If unconscious biases were so important, I would expect companies in countries where such biases are generally much stronger (e.g., Singapore) not being able to compete with their western competitors.
it may seem scary to judge individuals for something in their heads they can't control

What made 1984 so scary to me when I first read it is precisely the opposite - what people think in their heads can be controlled. Obviously, physical torture is more effective, but the threat to employment prospects is also a pretty strong motivator.






I'm still not understanding what happened on the IATs you took. Are you saying that the box you checked beforehand influenced the results? Or just that it's implausible that it found you were biased against your own ethnicity?

If unconscious biases were so important, I would expect companies in countries where such biases are generally much stronger (e.g., Singapore) not being able to compete with their western competitors.

'So important' doesn't have to be that important--even modest gains could justify such testing. Singapore has a lot of positives in its favor that could be compensating for its bias issues.

Maybe we can agree that studies are called for? Get a volunteer pool, measure IQ or a more task-specific ability measure, also measure bias, then form ability-controlled groups of varying bias levels. See if more biased groups do worse or not.

On the 1984 side, let's think about other mental things companies could test for. Trustingness of others' intentions? Trust of others' abilities? Or trust of authority? I have to admit that last one creeps the hell out of me, no matter how justified it may turn out to be from a performance-maximizing standpoint.
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