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What 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.

What 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.
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What 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.

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Episodes

Where Is The Supreme Court, This Country, Going? – 42

7/2/2018
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Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy is retiring and the highest court in our nation is about to swing to the hard right for decades to come.

Duration:01:04:47

Trade Wars and Hawaii – 41

5/31/2018
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Talking our usual stuff. Going to Hawaii. Trade wars and tariffs.

Duration:00:45:24

Should The Constitution Be Updated? – 40

4/30/2018
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Should the constitution be updated? Is it a living document? Our constitution is founded on some great ideas but it's a Rube Goldberg patchwork of ideas that needs modernization especially considering that it was written well over 200 years ago.

Duration:00:44:29

YouTube Shooting, the Gun Violence Saga Continues – 39

4/4/2018
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Yet another shooting, this time a woman who is upset with YouTube. Nasim Najafi Aghdam, armed with a Smith & Wesson 9mm pistol shot 3 people and took her own life. The Parkland mass shooter was not a current student, he took an Uber and brought a duffel bad with guns and ammo. Clear backpacks [...]

Duration:00:56:06

Bad Economic Choices – 38

3/12/2018
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The new tax policy was designed to punish blue states because they have higher local and state taxes. Corporations get permanent and big tax cuts that only benefit the rich. Repatriation of overseas corporate wealth will go towards stock buybacks, C-level bonuses, and shareholder dividends. Decisions to invest in R&D and hire more employees are [...]

Duration:01:05:17

Miscellaneous News – 36

2/19/2018
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Welcome to today's episode of the podcast. In regular news in the USA we had another mass shooting. This was in a school. I know, we see this all the time. It's like reporting the weather. We just sit back and watch these things happen because we are told that we can't do anything about [...]

Duration:01:05:16

I Heard There’s A New Book On Trump – 34

1/25/2018
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Have you read Fire and Fury? I thought I was reading Game of Thrones then I looked at the cover and saw Trump.

Duration:01:06:44

We put the X back in X-Mas! Our non-political eXtravaganza! – 34

12/29/2017
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Live from Kevin's cavern/dungeon/home studio, the CBP team discuss the finer points of the holiday season over more than one spirited beverage. It's an alcoholiday, if you will, of fun. A festival of fights! We try to veer away from political talk and get into more serious issues, like whether Peter Dinklage will one day [...]

Duration:01:00:46

Moore is Less, Common Sense Prevails, But Just Barely – 33

12/13/2017
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Matthew 10:26 King James Version (KJV). For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Problem with complaining about not having time to read the tax bill, it passed along party lines. The dems didn't have any fence sitters that needed convincing, so it doesn't matter. [...]

Duration:00:51:35

Guns, Taxes, and Other Political Annoyances – 32

12/1/2017
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Today we discuss miscellaneous political hot buttons. I initially was not going to record this, but the conversation was good and we wanted to share.

Duration:00:34:50

Gender Bias Part 2 – 30

11/11/2017
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World records for running. Surprisingly Kevin wasn't too far from the truth - the women aren't too far behind the men. However women are closer to men in strength with leg power, but the clear difference is in upper body strength. https://inglog.com/tools/world-records https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_world_records_in_Olympic_weightlifting Technology has allowed women to close any gaps in work equality, especially [...]

Duration:00:34:13

Gender Bias – 29

10/30/2017
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Kevin and I argue the nuances of inequality of the genders. I try to explain where we are today stems from what we were in the past as a people, culture, society. https://www.mckinleyirvin.com/Family-Law-Blog/2012/October/32-Shocking-Divorce-Statistics.aspx

Duration:00:46:30

What the Frack is up with oil? – 23

8/23/2017
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In the drive back to New Jersey Kevin and I talk about oil, fracking, electric cars, and our energy use in general. Our energy use from about 1965 to 2015 from Wikipedia At the time of this post the price of WTI crude oil (as of August 23, 2017) is $47.70 per barrel. [...]

Duration:00:33:00

Here’s your Participation Trophy – 22

8/15/2017
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Today we discuss how the concept of trophy culture is incorrect. Giving a kid a participation trophy does no harm. If anything it encourages the kids to try new stuff. Just teach them the difference between participation vs. first, second, and third place. With adults there is no impact. Have you gotten a T-shirt [...]

Duration:00:32:28

Trump: Pinocchio or Chicken Little? – 12

3/12/2017
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Trump is detached from reality. Every time Trump speaks his nose grows a little, like Pinocchio. Trump and his administration also resembles Chicken Little. They cry that the sky is falling with all the irrational fears they are promoting. This should be a serious concern to the American people. Here are some alt facts (inaccurate [...]

Duration:01:08:11

War On Xmas! – 6

11/27/2016
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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 […]

Duration:00:42:53

Trump Elected, Now What?

11/17/2016
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Will Trump be a one term president? What do the next 4 years hold in store? What will Trump’s legacy be? What were Trump’s campaign […]

Duration:01:07:11