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Logic Lessons with L - Week 1 (1/2)


L Lawliet

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Inspired by the video series of the same name. I will be going over topics that the channel used to go over, and continue the series myself.

Week One - Confirmation Bias.
Description: The tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one's existing beliefs or theories.

So, what does this mean? Well, I'll simplify it for you. Let's use an example. You believe that someone stole something from a store. You have evidence that somebody did, so therefore, from that one piece of evidence, you confirm that someone stole something from the store. You don't care for any other evidence, you simply assume that because you have that one piece of evidence, you're correct. Why is this? Because it supports your opinion.
Let's think about it in another way. Same example, you believe that someone stole something from a store. However, the evidence given to you now contradicts your belief. The evidence doesn't matter, since this is an example, but it contradicts your belief. Do you accept this outcome?
The answer, in short, is almost definitely a resounding no. Let me explain why.

Humans, by nature (no offense to any of you all) tend to believe that their opinion is correct, no matter what happens. Unless something shows a person first-hand that their opinion is wrong, they'll tend to believe that their opinion is 100% correct. Cough sounds familiar nowadays cough cough.

So, you may be asking yourself - How can I get past this confirmation bias?
It's surprisingly quite simple - View the perspective on both sides.

Continuing tomorrow.

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