Saturday, May 25, 2013

On Confirmation Bias

If someone posts something outlandish about a public figure or corporation or organization that you despise and purports that it is true I ask you to do two simple things before reposting it approvingly or "liking" it.

  1. Type the claim into Google (or Bing if you like) and add the word "debunked" at the end.  
  2. See if the site that it comes from is a well known satire site (dailycurrant and the onion are two)
If either of those things make you think that the post was bullshit, congratulate yourself that you have overcome confirmation bias.

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