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I often speak with interrobangs. 

At the beginning of the conversation, I was referring to the practice in orchestras of having the musicians audition behind a curtain, because they found women were much more likely to be chosen when the judges couldn’t see the identity of the musician. The “blind auditions” allowed the judges to hear the skill of the music without the intrusion of their subconscious biases.

If you’re interested in learning more about this, here’s an article that examines the issue using the murder of Trayvon Martin as a jumping-off point. It includes a 3 minute excerpt of a psychology lecture by Yale Professor Paul Bloom.

PS: How cool would it be if we could magically remove our subconscious biases? If anyone discovers that type of wizardry, let me know. In the meantime, I’ll be working on being more aware of them and consciously adjusting for their existence.