Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Belief, 8

Research has shown that once human beings commit to a belief, they tend to employ the confirmation bias, in which they look for and find confirming evidence in support of their belief, and ignore or rationalize away any disconfirming evidence.

In one experiment participants were presented with two types of evidence: one that contradicted a belief they held deeply and the other with evidence that supported those same beliefs. The results showed that the subjects recognized the validity of the confirming evidence but were skeptical of the value of the disconfirming evidence.

More tomorrow.

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