Convincing Others - The Bias Jigsaw


belvdr

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We watched an episode of "Brain Games" last night and they were discussing how the brain likes to think that it is always right and understands everything.

I think that correlates well to that cartoon.
 

Huntn

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People develop beliefs and preferences. Once those are established, whatever the process, there is a desire to seek, gravitate to, and latch into confirmations of those beliefs. It's more difficult to reverse course.

This is why politicians frequently tell tall tales that appeal and provide confirmation of the preconceived notions of their base. This works great for gullible, low information citizens. A good example are this are the people who hated Obamacare, but loved the ACA. :rolleyes:
 

VulchR

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Confirmation bias arises from psychological research. Don't trust it to be this massive influence everybody is making it out to be. FWIW I am a psychologist/neuroscientist.