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Confirmation Bias

Data Isn't Truth. It's Signal.

Kevin McDermott | Posted 12.14.2016 | Business
Kevin McDermott

When people are presented with disagreeable facts they tend to double down on their own truth.

Critical Thinking About The 2016 Election Results

Jonathan Haber | Posted 11.14.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

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?

Dystopia

Jonathan Haber | Posted 11.03.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

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?

I Know You Are And So Am I: The Dangers of Confirmation Bias

Michelle Tang | Posted 10.06.2016 | Media
Michelle Tang

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.

Your Comfort Zone May Destroy The World

Shelly Palmer | Posted 08.17.2016 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

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.

Why Are Ideas Shrinking If We Have So Much Information?

David Sable | Posted 07.25.2016 | Business
David Sable

Confirmation Bias...the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one's existing beliefs or theories while giving disproportionately less ...

Convergence

Jonathan Haber | Posted 07.12.2016 | Education
Jonathan Haber

In my day job as an educational researcher, I encounter a great many educational standards and other works trying to help ascertain the knowledge, ski...

Noise

Jonathan Haber | Posted 07.05.2016 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

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.

How Republicans And Democrats Can Interpret Events SO Differently

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 07.01.2016 | Healthy Living

Depending on which news source you read, House Republicans' final report in its Benghazi investigation Tuesday either uncovered no new wrongdoing on t...

Confessions of a Former Fundamentalist: Confirmation Bias

Eric Simpson | Posted 04.28.2016 | Religion
Eric Simpson

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.

A Republican, Democrat, Green & Libertarian Walk into a Living Room: A Report from the Front-Lines in Iowa

Living Room Conversations | Posted 02.01.2017 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

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.

Beat the Bias: 10 Ways to Become Politically Savvy

Rachel Eckhardt | Posted 10.19.2016 | Politics
Rachel Eckhardt

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?

Why We Blame Strange Events On The Full Moon, Even Though We Know Better

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 03.31.2015 | Science

Have you ever experienced something out of the ordinary and found yourself thinking, "It must be the full moon"? You probably need to read this. Fo...

An Easy Formula for Answering the Most Important Job Search Question

Steve Dalton | Posted 04.10.2015 | College
Steve Dalton

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 or Just Another Consumer Holiday?

Kathy Gottberg | Posted 04.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Kathy Gottberg

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 Need Free Speech Because We Are Ignorant

Michael Shammas | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Michael Shammas

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.

Why Psychotherapy Appears to Work (Even When It Doesn't)

Wray Herbert | Posted 09.17.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

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.

How Not to Sound Like a Creationist to a Trans Person

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Brynn Tannehill

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.

War, Mathematics and God

Herb Silverman | Posted 03.31.2014 | Religion
Herb Silverman

As a youngster with an Orthodox Jewish background and an interest in mathematics, an infinite God with infinite power who lived an infinite amount of time fascinated me. I felt that studying "infinity" would help me understand God.

8 Subconscious Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day -- And How to Avoid Them

Belle Beth Cooper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Belle Beth Cooper

Being aware of the mistakes we naturally make in our thinking can make a big difference in avoiding them. Unfortunately, most of these occur subconsciously, so it will also take time and effort to avoid them -- if you even want to.

The One Trait That Most Successful People Share

Kare Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Kare Anderson

To make smarter choices and lead in ways that are more satisfying for others to follow, we must first do one thing better according to Why Quitters Win author, Nick Taster. That trait is to quit doing things sooner that don't support your top goal.

Confirmation Bias and the Ethical Demands of Argumentation

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Challenging our own evidence with evidence from the other side not only keeps us intellectually honest and furthers our argument skill development, it also ensures that we have the humility to move from absolutist positions to more evidence-based evaluative positions.

Goal Conflict Helps You See Both Sides of an Issue

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 10.30.2013 | Science
Art Markman, Ph.D.

One of the most persistent findings in psychology is confirmation bias. When we have a belief about something in the world, we tend to seek out infor...

Forensic Confirmation Bias: When the Evidence Doesn't Speak for Itself

Jeff Kukucka | Posted 06.29.2013 | Science
Jeff Kukucka

Latent fingerprint analysis is one of the more well-established domains of forensic science, yet these human examiners are vulnerable to the same confirmation biases that plague us all. It logically follows that other, less 'scientific' domains of forensic science that involve visual comparisons could be similarly hampered.

The Principle of Charity

Jonathan Haber | Posted 12.27.2012 | Politics
Jonathan Haber

Even if this election ends in a victory for the president, it's worth examining whether embracing our biases (and re-enforcing them by surrounding ourselves with people and media that confirm them) is ultimately good for us as individuals, party loyalists or citizens of the nation.