confirmation bias

When people are presented with disagreeable facts they tend to double down on their own truth.
This election, with its unexpected and extraordinary results, ratcheted up the intensity of that query, but the substance remains the same: Are Americans making a profound decision of whom to place in charge of the nation based on something other than reason?
"The minute you realize that the rest of the world doesn’t think like you, that’s when you grow."
if we continue to eagerly gobble up evidence of our enemy's perfidy from any source whatsoever vs. putting the time and effort into making up our own minds, how much longer will it be before we find ourselves in a dystopia our confirmation biases have built to imprison us?
It's sad to me that we need to work so hard to find non-biased news, but I'm hoping that by opening a new tab and branching out from Facebook, I will feel less partisan and more tolerant. I'm hoping I will become better informed and more able to talk kindly to people with different views. I'm sure my friends' dogs will still be there when I come back.
Here's what's going to happen. You are going to read this post up to the point where you agree with me or you don't. Then, either you will find something else to do or, if I have your attention, you will write a comment or an email that espouses your world view.
Frankly, the notion scares me...because I really do believe that we have allowed our digital world to fuel itself on the
I suspect that the reason formal logic and rhetoric aren't highlighted when critical thinking is brought up as our most vital
After years and years of fracturing, we have finally ended up with an election in which massive amounts of communication seems to have narrowed our conversation (and political options) rather than opened them up.
If you're a Democrat, you might be shocked by how the GOP sees the Benghazi report.
I stumbled into fundamentalism by making a common assumption: I'd become a Christian because I wanted to know and follow the Truth (the capital "T" is intentional here and not conventional), and being a fundamentalist merely meant adhering to the "fundamentals" of faith.
In Iowa one week before the Presidential caucuses, we were far from the only group discussing politics that blustery night. From Sioux City to Davenport and everywhere in between, we Iowans have been bombarded with political billboards flanking our daily commute and dozens of ads in our physical and virtual mailboxes on any given day.
These days, we are bombarded daily on social media with political memes and articles that aren't exactly accurate, to say the least. It seems impossible at times to sort fact from fiction, and news from propaganda. So how do you keep yourself from drowning in a sea of misinformation?
"We have a tendency to interpret information in a way that confirms our beliefs and to ignore data that contradict our beliefs
Imagine you are dining in a restaurant with a friend, and your friend suddenly begins to choke on a piece of food, grabbing for her neck. What do you do? Did you say the Heimlich Maneuver? Hopefully so. The Heimlich's simplicity makes it easy to recall during extremely stressful situations.
Celebrating Valentine's Day may or may not be your thing. But I do know that celebrating is one of the best ways to pause, remember and be grateful for this one, wild, precious and amazing life we have been given.
We are all ignorant; none of us have all the answers. That fact is not only a strong argument in favor of free speech and against those who would suppress it -- it is a spur toward greater wisdom.
In his classic 1952 paper, Hans Eysenck did not attempt to explain why therapists' beliefs are so resistant to proof -- it was beyond the scope of his analysis. But now a group of psychological scientists are attempting to do just that.
When people say they support transgender people but oppose the specific issues that matter to the transgender community, it makes as much sense as saying you support the gay community, but oppose marriage equality and anti-bullying initiatives.