We don’t seem to be discussing the same methods. I’m talking about purely observational, non-engineered studies. Huge sample sizes and rigorous double-checking. These are the studies I read and rely upon for my opinions, from the field of behavioral psychology, which is well-established.
IAT appears to be something different, though I will happily read up on it and eat my words if I’m wrong. I’m far more concerned with truth in public discourse than my own pride.
When I was speaking of unconscious bias, I mean all the subtle messages we take in throughout our lives as a result of societal discourse, which manifest in seldom-recognized or -questioned beliefs. I find them in myself regularly. For example: the assumption that black people are all poor and poorly educated, or that all women want kids and a husband. These are the unconscious biases I’ve found just in my own mind, fed to me by societal narrative, and have worked to root out. You may call that pseudo-science; I call it rigorous honesty and observation.
The Supreme Court has ruled that in cases where there appears to be a need, a psychologist must be provided that can offer a diagnosis or lack thereof for defendants. Psychologists regularly testify in court. The idea that I’m reckless for considering what they have to say is a bit overblown, and intended to incite fear, as is your dire prediction of tens of millions of dead bodies. I’m not going to change my beliefs, or fall silent, or refuse to challenge them, simply out of fear. I prefer objectivity as the foundation of my logic, just like I do with my science. That’s why I gravitate towards studies that measure the concrete, rather than those that are poorly controlled and open to loose interpretation. Yes, psychology can be fuzzy, and difficult, but a well-designed experiment simplifies that drastically. If it’s not well-designed, the results will be in question for me, and that’s the whole purpose of peer review: to root out the bad designs and questionable results.
Truly, I wish you the best, and bear you no ill will. This has been fun. ☺