Science Says: Scientific Curiosity is Corrosive to Confirmation Bias

confirmation bias

Confirmation Bias: the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms one’s preexisting beliefs or hypotheses, while giving disproportionately less consideration to alternative possibilities.

Now read the title of this post again very carefully and ask yourself if it – itself – is not a form of confirmation bias.

If that question hurt your brain, then you can see that this skepticism thing can go too far.

But there is a sweet spot. The speaker glosses over this sweet spot in his lecture. But it’s there.

Can you figure out the sweet spot in skepticism?

Have you decided on a sweet spot for your own skepticism after Scientology?

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Virginia
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at around 8:06 this was great –

“Skepticism…has a deserved reputation as being a sort of stocking horse. A front for people who’ve already made up their mind and are just interested in harassing their opposition with additional demands for evidence.It’s not uncommon for someone to (air quotes) “just ask questions” without really caring what the answers are.”

Eileen
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“Stalking horse” A false pretext to hide real intentions.

Virginia
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Oh! Thanks. I wondered if he was saying “stalking”…

Virginia
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“Have you decided on a sweet spot for your own skepticism after Scientology?”

I can’t really answer the question, as put. The tense is wrong as relates to me personally, because I wasn’t not skeptical until “after” scientology, I was skeptical both before, during, and after. But, I can see how someone else might need to begin that “after” scientology, and I also see how probably a number of people went way overboard in some of the ways he’s describing here.

koki
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You should enjoy life .
Big hello from LRHs Bulgravia.

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