Confirmation Bias

I have heard many say that confirmation bias is prevalent today. The most frequent aspect of confirmation bias that I hear is:

“Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms one’s preexisting beliefs. People display this bias when they gather or remember information selectively, or when they interpret presented information in a biased way. This becomes stronger for emotionally charged issues and for deeply entrenched beliefs”.

Hmmm, you don’t say?

If someone says that to you, does that mean they are losing the argument? Or, does it mean, that an agreement will never be established?

In any regard, what is the purpose for bringing up this random point of view?

14 thoughts on “Confirmation Bias

  1. I guess it is an attempt to make people stop and re-consider. Maybe they were not aware. Maybe they will go back home and try to look for things that are against what they believe is true. And then form a (new) conclusion.

    However, that is the ideal world. Not one we live in. You are right. I don’t really see bringing this up as useful, either. It never seems to change anything. Actually, it seems to cause more animosity between the debaters.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      Exactly, let people come to their own conclusions on their own terms and tim, just as I desire for myself.

  2. This subject was discussed at a conference I attended last Week about conspiracy theories. The idea was that those who Believe in these theories Don’t look for informations in order to counter their doubts/beliefs about things, on the contrary they will look for any small sign which will “proove” what they suspect, thus confirming what the believe. This happens to me too, when I want to be confirmed on an idea, the reverse is also true, when I want to be convinced of the contrary of an information, my research will be oriented that way. It’s all a matter of what you are looking for. Confirmation or dissuasion.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      From what I gather, it’s a way to bully others into buying into your stance or to silence them into shame or conformity. Since they cannot formulate a comeback on the spot. I think it breeds more animosity than anything else.

  3. The internet is now confirming
    your bias for you. The machine
    will select news feeds and opinions
    to you that are in accordance
    with your own world view 🌎.
    Except in China, even Russia,
    where you saved from the
    heavy burden of having to
    think for yourself.

  4. This comes under “everyone wants to be right and the smartest one in the room.” I will provide you with documentation of my genius and knowledge. See? Here it is, in black in white.

    What? Additional information? I missed something? I can’t be wrong! Where is my lighter? Gimme that…🔥

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