The Laws that Dictate our Biases


The Social Sciences have highlighted numerous human behaviors that could be called biases. Those that appear to be totally fixed can be called Laws. Others that are either less certain or are perhaps dependent upon circumstances are called Rules. The following five Laws of Biasappear to be universal and fixed like other laws of science:

 

1:  Bias cannot be effectively eliminated  

2:  Bias is independent of intelligence or information 

3:  Bias is independent of Values*

4:  Bias is positively correlated to Emotions

5:  Bias is positively correlated to Arrogance (lack of Humility)


# References for these laws are provided in the book You are Biased and quotations in support are given in the webpage Science of Bias and other places in this site.

* This does not mean bias would not, in theory, be controlled by specific moral principles. It means the application of values always involves biased interpretations and judgments.


The Rules that Dictate our Biases


Rules provide guidelines for the effects of Bias. One can imagine many rules could be developed as Bias is a broad topic. Here are five significant ones:

 

1:  A Bias can be accepted as a fact within a culture

2:  A desire to Influence will increase Bias

3:  Social Power will generally increase Bias

4:  Storytelling will affect Bias

5:  Specific learned skills can decrease Bias

 


The laws are universal - they apply to every person, as well as every formal and informal grouping of people