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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.




Here’s your Participation Trophy – 22

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

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

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

London Bridges Falling Down – 19

Mandatory sentencing - I support minimum sentencing, and community service. Extenuating circumstances surround each case, let the judges use their better judgement. Digital privacy - If you open it up to the government, you open it up to the world. It's a Pandora's box. Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, Wikileaks, hacking, etc. Personal security must be [...]

Duration: 00:26:19

It’s all about perspective.

So, a few notes from your response - you said you need to treat drug addiction like an illness, not a crime. I don't necessarily disagree, but I don't believe you should analyze the problem that deeply. You have to look at the issue as a whole and address whether the punishment fits the crime. [...]

Duration: 00:18:34

Reply to: Tricky Trump? Slick Don? – 17

To address your points: Republicans are OK with Comey going after Clinton but also OK with Trump firing Comey for investigating him. It seems that Trump does not know what he is doing. Trump is now contradicting a lot of what he said during his campaigning. Mandatory sentences for non violent drug crimes is a [...]

Duration: 00:23:41

Tricky Trump? Slick Don?

During Watergate, congressional Republicans were the ones who asked, "What did Nixon know, and when did he know it?" Today, we're faced with news that, if it was written for a TV drama, you'd think it was too contrived. Nope. It's true. Russia, our best friend/worst enemy, depending on who you ask, may have rigged [...]

Duration: 00:11:52

Our “all-natural” footprint

Apologies for the delay between podcasts, but unfortunately I've been in the process of trying to sell my home and buy a new one, resulting on all of my recording equipment being placed into storage. This brief vignette deals with my observation on our footprint as humans, and the effect we have on the world [...]

Duration: 00:09:26

CBP Visits NOLA – 13

This episode CBP travels to New Orleans, Louisiana to cover the local arts. We feel that the arts are at risk with the Trump budget cuts. Please support the arts by buying art, going to shows, dine locally, and vote for political officials who also support the arts. Because when you go out on the [...]

Duration: 00:46:40

Trump: Pinocchio or Chicken Little? – 12

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

CBP Special Edition, Quick Reintroduction To The Podcast – 11

This is a quick reintroduction to the Confirmation Bias Podcast. We are your hosts, Keith and Kevin Ledig. Keith became an engineer, Kevin became a lawyer, fields that require analytical and critical thinking. Together we argue a lot about politics and current events, so we decided to make as many people listen to our bickering as [...]

Duration: 00:23:19

Mainstream Media Doesn’t Lie, Fringe Media Does – 10

Some people, like president Trump, accuse mainstream media for being fake. The truth is mainstream media is "mainstream" because it is as close to the middle as possible. Fringe media is what is fake news. Unfortunately fringe media is propagating a lot if misinformation and people are replenishing this rubbish on social media. Immigrants will [...]

Duration: 00:50:19

Fake News – 9

Today we talk about an info-graphic I posted on social media about media bias. I make the point that most of mainstream media is reputable and could lean a bit in one direction or another but do not publish fake news. There are groups of (some) liberals and (more) conservatives who read fake news/extreme fringe [...]

Duration: 00:55:02

Merry Trumpmas! – 7

Christmas is coming and presents need to be bought. Do you shop at brick and mortar stores or online? Do you feel that shopping online is selling out the American economy? I like to shop online for certain things because often the specific item I want to get is not available locally. I am very [...]

Duration: 00:45:03

War On Xmas! – 6

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?

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

Election 2016 – 4

Special election 2016 episode. Get out and vote! If you are an American citizen. The FiveThirtyEight web site http://fivethirtyeight.com/ VS

Duration: 00:52:58

Bias in the Media – 3

“The media is biased!” I can’t tell you how often I hear this, and it pisses me off. The word media is the plural of medium, so […]

Duration: 00:54:42

Music, Aliens, and Trump – 1

Today we talk about what annoys us regarding some music. We talk about the interception of a space signal sent from intelligent life and how […]

Duration: 00:59:43

Introduction to The Confirmation Bias Podcast – 0

Are you tired of people saying the most ridiculous things in social media? Do you see the same old tired memes reposted, most of which […]

Duration: 00:26:44