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Visual and Ethical Bias: Same Behavior?

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DON’T LOOK AT THE ABOVE PHOTOGRAPH AGAIN BUT WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU SAW AS YOUR VERY FIRST OBSERVATION.  IN FACT, WRITE IN THE BLOG THREAD COMMENTS BELOW WHAT WAS YOUR DESCRIPTION OF THAT FIRST OBSERVATION.

The point of this demonstration is to test out the scientific visual behavioral experiments which have demonstrated that we all tend to first look at the center of an image and even then come to a final conclusion of what we observed based on that first impression  It has been my concern that this same behavior of making assumptions of appropriate response to a potential ethical issue might be analogous to what has been experimentally documented in visual behavior: looking at the center of the issue and prejudging the ethics seen in the “center pane” of that “window” before evaluating what is to be seen in additional panes, additional windows or going outside, beyond the rooms with windows and their panes and actually entering the external environment where all the essential facts to make ethical judgment and decisions would be more “visibly” available. Jumping to ethics conclusions without knowing all the facts involved, like briefly inspecting this picture I took within a house at the Japanese Garden in Los Angeles, California the other day.  p.s.- there is active animal life readily observed in this photograph. Did you notice that on your first look?   ..Maurice.

Source: bioethics.net, a blog maintained by the editorial staff of The American Journal of Bioethics.

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