2020 LessWrong Demographics Survey
post by Bob Jacobs
Edit: The survey is now closed. You can see the results here [LW · GW]
DISCLAIMER: This is not a return of the old annual survey. I am not a mod nor an owner of this website. This means that the raw data from this survey gets released publicly (but your responses will be anonymous). Feel free to not answer any question you feel uncomfortable about. The survey will also be a lot shorter than the old annual surveys (32 questions). It will be closed on the 13th of July, I will show the results in a separate post titled "2020 LessWrong Demographics Survey Results [LW · GW]"
You can start taking the survey (<10 minutes) by clicking on the following link:
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comment by lsusr ·
2020-06-11T22:15:06.998Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
I want to note that the "With what race do you most identify?" question allows exactly one choice and has no "other" category. This creates problems for multi-racial people, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders and central Asians, none of which are options.
The question reminds me of a survey I took for a South African publication that asked what race I was. The options were "White", "Black", "Colored" and "Indian" (pick one).
Replies from: filipe-marchesini, Bob Jacobs
↑ comment by Filipe Marchesini (filipe-marchesini) ·
2020-06-12T13:07:51.862Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
Exactly, I am from Brazil and I can't see any option that fit my race.
According to Wikipedia, "According to the American census, the Hispanic or Latin category would not include Brazilians or Americans with origins in Brazil,    as it is specific to people of "Spanish culture or origin".  . Technically speaking, people from Portugal or of Portuguese origin are called Lusitanians. In Portugal, the term "hispanic" refers to something related to ancient Hispania, Spain or the Spanish language and culture . The common modern term for identifying both Portuguese and Spanish cultures under a single nomenclature is "Iberian", and the term referring to cultures derived from both countries in the Americas is "Ibero-American". These designations can be mutually recognized by people in Portugal and Brazil, in contrast to "Hispanic", which is totally devoid of any self-identification in these countries, and quite the contrary, is used to mark a clear distinction in relation to the culture of neighboring Spanish-speaking countries (Hispanics) in relation to Portuguese-speaking countries (Portuguese-speaking)."
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↑ comment by Bob Jacobs ·
2020-06-12T13:48:26.072Z · LW(p) · GW(p)
I'm from europe so I find both the term and category of 'hispanics' kinda dumb. I only put that there because the previous surveys did. I put central and south america in parentheses so I would choose hispanic in your case even though I agree that that's a messy category.