Cailin O'Connor and Jim Weatherall

As both the renowned French philosopher Bruno Latour and the UC Irvine philosophers and authors Cailin O’Connor and James Owen Weatherall have shown, opinions as to what is true and what isn’t are socially constructed and, as hiring decisions are being made, decision-makers will inevitably confer with trusted members of their social network. Because they already trust each other, they feel more confident that they are making the right decision. We are typically unaware of the bias inherent in this process, particularly if others around us share our opinions. 

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