Leonard Mlodinow’s books include The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives and Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior. He teaches at Caltech.
 (April 2013)

Most of Us Are Biased, After All

Gregory Peck, far left, as a journalist who goes undercover as a Jew for an exposé on anti-Semitism in Elia Kazan’s <i>Gentleman’s Agreement</i>, 1947. Also pictured are Celeste Holm, John Garfield, and Robert Karnes.
In his ill-fated attempt to win a Senate seat in 1858, Abraham Lincoln squared off against the incumbent, Democrat Stephen Douglas, in a series of seven debates that centered on the issue of slavery. Lincoln, of course, was the candidate in favor of equal treatment under the law for the …