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Implicit associations aren't really 'true' or 'false' so much as 'useful' or 'harmful'. Associating particular groups with 'bad' has questionable utility and clear harm. I'd also add that a particular workplace has selected its workers, so the average software engineer at your company will have different traits from the average person in the country--but your implicit associations are probably more tuned to reflect the latter.







I'd also add that a particular workplace has selected its workers, so the average software engineer at your company will have different traits from the average person in the country


The average company will also not have any black software engineers.
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Associating particular groups with 'bad' has questionable utility


For starters it helps you avoid doing stupid things like going trough black neighborhoods, especially at night.


I'd also add that a particular workplace has selected its workers,


Affirmative action and disparate impact laws are totally things.


so the average software engineer at your company will have different traits from the average person in the country


And the implicit association test is tuned to a generic person, not the specific person in the company. The associations of with the specific people are likely to become associated with those people once one gets to know them.
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