Not Wired to Perceive Unknown
What did we learn that night? The brain is not wired to perceive the unknown.
Imagine an iceberg. Above water, we see is human behavior. Under the water are the structures, systems, thoughts, paradigms, ideas, images, and beliefs that show up by way of behavior.
Researchers used to believe that we could not unlearn the implicit "education" we received in childhood because we are unaware of those influences.
But recent research suggests we can reshape our unconscious attitudes and beliefs.
How might this work?
Four Stage Movement to Awareness
There is a four stage movement:
- unconscious incompetence 4. unconscious competence
- conscious incompetence 3. conscious competence
During the couple of hours were we together, we were given several different exercises to do. After each exercise we were encourage to find people at different tables, people we didn't know to talk briefly about the exercises with one another.
What are some of the important take-aways to becoming a more diverse and inclusive community?
- stress exacerbates biases
- are we motivated to learn new information and change
- are we willing to see others, who are different from us, as individuals (rather than as a uniform group to hate and use as scapegoats)
- do we work with diverse people as equal members in pursuit of a common goal
- do we see leaders work with diverse people as equal members