There’s a passage in Shankar Vedantam’s The Hidden Brain in which he recounts a swim he once took in the ocean. A self-described “decent swimmer,” Vedantam notices on that particular day, to his surprise, that he has become powerful and athletic. He swims effortlessly. However, when far from the shore, he realizes he had been riding a current the entire time. His prowess, he discovers, is the result of random good fortune.
“Unconscious bias influences our lives in exactly the same manner as that undercurrent,” Vedantam writes. “Those who travel with the current will always feel they are good