Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Confirmation Bias

Confirmation bias is something that I first heard about at The Dilbert Blog of all places. Basically the idea is that when you believe something to be true your brain shuts down from hearing logical arguments against it and you stick to your beliefs even if the evidence presented clearly proves that they are illogical.

Scott Adams, the cartoonist behind Dilbert, explained it in a great, and funny, way, and apparently was doing an experiment on his blog related to confirmation bias recently.

There's also additional information on confirmation bias at wikipedia.

The areas of cognitive science have become increasingly interesting to me and may become an area of future professional study, ideally at an accredited university in the local area whose colors are Maize and Blue.

PLEASE NOTE: Many viewpoints expressed by Scott Adams are contrary to viewpoints that I hold. The reference is intended for the specific topic and content mentioned and not an endorsement of his viewpoints.

That being said I find his writing to be thought provoking, well done and often extremely entertaining.

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