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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

Disaster In Puerto Rico – 27

10/9/2017
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Today we discuss our frustration with the lack of support the American Presidential administration is providing in support for Puerto Rico.

Duration: 00:38:39


History Repeats Itself at Las Vegas – 26

10/3/2017
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Today we talk about the sad events that have transpired in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017. Stephen Paddock, 64, brought about 24 guns and thousands of rounds of ammo to the Mandalay Bay Resort hotel in Las Vegas and shot at people attending a Country music concert. From the 32nd floor he shot at [...]

Duration: 00:46:42


This land is your land, as long as you’re white – 25

9/18/2017
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In this short episode we talk about how conservatives want the cheap goods and labor but don't want immigrants working here. Also conservatives want to end DACA and deport the kids who we invested so much into. How the hell can we send these kids packing when they represent the American dream more so than [...]

Duration: 00:22:00


Price Gouging and Socialism vs. Capitalism – 24

9/9/2017
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Today we talk about price gouging and socialism vs. capitalism. Don't forget to check out Adam Ruins Everything.

Duration: 01:00:09


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


What’s the deal with health insurance? – 21

7/20/2017
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I went to ER last month because I was concerned with some symptoms. Good thing it was just indigestion. However the real illness occurred when I got the bills. Bills that added up to $2500. And I have "good" health insurance from my employer. Deductibles and copays and fees are rising, while coverage is falling. [...]

Duration: 00:59:56


Declaration of Independence Tweeted and NRA Motivational Vid – 20

7/7/2017
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Sorry we have been not posting on a regular basis. We will be back soon with weekly uploads to your favorite podcast! :-) NPR tweets Declaration of Independence and gets crap from conservatives. https://www.buzzfeed.com/juliareinstein/we-hold-these-alternative-truths-to-be-self-evident?utm_term=.pqoGxNYEO Video where TYT discusses the NRA video where they promote violence against liberals. https://youtu.be/KTeb5-IR3rM Why does Philando Castile get [...]

Duration: 01:07:55


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