bias in manuscripts?

A.F. Simpson AFS7 at leicester.ac.uk
Tue Nov 2 09:49:19 EST 1999


S L Forsburg wrote:

> I'm a little puzzled how one could do such a study.  In my field
> at least, everyone knows everyone, or at least their name--if you
> sent my CV to people but changed the name, they would immediately
> know something was fishy just by looking at the publication list,
>  because everyone knows what I work on.

People can be fantastically stupid.  In the UK there is a man who
regularly takes companies to court for racial discrimination.  He
submits two _identical_ CVs, one in his own name and one in the name of
a white woman.  Then, if 'she' gets an interview and he doesn't, he
takes the company to an industrial tribunal.  He represents himself at
the tribumals and has made tens of thousands of pounds from the chronic
stupidity of personnel departments.  (And this despite the fact that the
employers association of the industry he works in has circulated a
letter to it's members warning them to watch out for him!)

love
Anna





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