The Confirmation Bias Podcast
War On Xmas! – 611/28/16
Did you know there’s a war on Christmas? Yes! Just go to Starbucks and order a coffee. When they hand you the cup, bitterly complain […]
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More informationWhat is Confirmation Bias? It’s a tendency to interpret information in a way that confirms your preexisting beliefs while giving less consideration to alternative possibilities regardless of fact. Our goal is to breakdown these biases and get to the root of the issue, and address why your preconceived notions may need to be updated.
Generally, when you hear news, you'll have one of two reactions: an emotional reaction and a logical one. You know what this is like if you're a sports fan watching your team in the Super Bowl or World Series - watching the game you're on pins and needles, especially if it's a close game. If the ref or ump makes a call against your team, no matter how correct the call is, you know the ref blew it. If your team wins, it's absolute elation. If they lose, it's devastation. But a funny thing happens when, a few days later, you no longer feel emotionally tied to the game. Sure, it was incredible. But now you accept the loss or appreciate the win and move on. You look at the game objectively and think of what the coach or players could have done differently, and start to assign blame to the fact that your team got beat, that the other team played better, or that it just wasn't your year.
To live bias free, you need to approach current events without emotional bias and understand the root of the issue.
So let's start out by discussing some ground rules:
What do we mean when we talk about the burden of proof?
What do we mean when we talk about levels of scrutiny?
What are suspect and quasi-suspect classifications?
What are fundamental rights?
What are primary and secondary sources?
When is it OK to cite secondary sources?
Is it ever OK to cite to Snopes or wikipedia?
What are false dichotomies?
This doesn't mean you can't get emotional about an issue. But, it's important to understand when your emotion clouds your judgment.