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  • Klein, Krugman Offer Biased Views of Confirmation Bias

    04/11/2014 5:34:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 11, 2014 | Jonah Goldberg
    "If all you have is a hammer," the old saying goes, "everything looks like a nail." Left unsaid is the fact that the real problem isn't the possession of a hammer, but the certitude that all you need is the hammer. In other words, it's a failure of the imagination -- which is a kind of arrogance -- that's really to blame. "I've got my hammer, and that's all I need. Besides, have you ever seen a problem that didn't look like a nail?" This is a version of what academics call "confirmation bias" -- the tendency to accept only...
  • Humor, Polls, News and Confirmation Bias

    09/27/2012 1:50:41 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 6 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | September 27, 2012 | Dan Miller
    We tend to accept as factual whatever we want to believe and reject the rest. Jim Geraghty's Morning Jolt today had a piece about reactions to a satirical post by Roger Simon (not Roger L. Simon of PJ Media) stating that Governor Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, had disparaged him by, among other things, referring to him as "Stench." Mr. Simon's piece was taken seriously by many, from MSNBC to Mediaite and even by one of the world's most prolific unintentional humorists, Paul Krugman. Fox News stated, Krugman, a blogger for MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and a host of other liberal...
  • Right-wingers are less intelligent than left wingers, says study

    02/13/2012 11:35:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 70 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | Last updated at 9:54 AM on 8th February 2012 | Rob Waugh
    Right-wingers tend to be less intelligent than left-wingers, and people with low childhood intelligence tend to grow up to have racist and anti-gay views, says a controversial new study. Conservative politics work almost as a 'gateway' into prejudice against others, say the Canadian academics. The paper analyzed large UK studies which compared childhood intelligence with political views in adulthood across more than 15,000 people. The authors claim that people with low intelligence gravitate towards right-wing views because they make them feel safe. Crucially, people's educational level is not what determines whether they are racist or not—it's innate intelligence, according to...
  • Climate Change and Confirmation Bias

    07/16/2011 12:47:20 AM PDT · by neverdem · 64 replies
    Reason ^ | July 12, 2011 | Ronald Bailey
    A new study suggests that your values, not science, determine your views about climate change. The more scientifically literate you are, the more certain you are that climate change is either a catastrophe or a hoax, according to a new study [PDF] from the Yale Cultural Cognition Project. Many science writers and policy wonks nurse the fond hope that fierce disagreement about issues like climate change is simply the result of a scientifically illiterate American public. If this “public irrationality thesis” were correct, the authors of the Yale study write, “then skepticism about climate change could be traced to poor...