In a world interconnected by the internet, millions of opinions and truths get thrown about, and each is usually backed up strongly with or without evidence, and that is why we need to understand what is confirmation bias and take a further step to even question our questions, just to be on the safer side, and maybe make the world a better place while at it.
Would you believe in what you believe if you were the only one that believed in itKanye west
Confirmation bias is the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one’s existing beliefs or theories.
this is really tricky because we humans learn by patterns, and that makes us particularly vulnerable to lies, especially when they fall into an already existing pattern. a pattern which is often mapped by our questions
Finding a “truth” and believing its the general “truth” is dangerous for one simple reason, it blocks our ability to see other people’s perspectives or empathies with them.
If my truth is already ultimate why bother search for what is true? Why explore? Why think? Why do anything? Even if my truth is killing me and squeezing the life out of me – ultimately destroying me
WHY YOU SHOULD QUESTION YOUR QUESTIONS
What is most important is what is helpful and needful and not just the “truth”
thanks to the internet, we now have a huge pile of rubbish, where people can dump their truths
No matter how shitty my idea or thoughts may be, there would always be people to support me. These days it isn’t hard to see this play out right in front of our eyes or should I say screens, this is why social media can so misleading
Just dear google something totally contradictory to what you believe and get ready to shock yourself as Google returns more than a million-result supporting the idea you considered to be trash.
The thing about confirmation bias is that you who believe it would find it almost impossible to conceive the fact that there could be anything alternate or contrary to what you believe, so, when you go looking for answers to your questions, you make a critical error of asking the wrong questions.
Your questions begin to morph in such a way as to provide answers that you want to find.
For instance, the Query history of a religious fellow would most likely be “top 10 undeniable reasons God is good all the time”, and as expected she would receive a plethora of such “undeniable reasons”, but what happens when a non-religious fellow search for “top 10 unshakable reasons that God is evil”, you do the math’s
At a point, we all must realize that the questions we ask are more important than the answers we get.unknown
And what should be focused on is what is helpful, because there are billions of people on the planet who in more than one sick and twisted way have arrived at a “truth”, which is, in fact, true in their lives but totally untrue and unhelpful in our lives, at least not in most situations.
Relationship quotes on social media are notorious for this bias. they say all men are this and all women are that, an looking closely they find this true in their lives, but in reality, it is just them who manage to always seek out this kind of people
Another truth you should note is that we are very much responsible for the kind of people we end up with, and this literally translates to our experiences in relationships.
so they are right, all the men or women in their lives are shitty, but it doesn’t really apply to you. it is not true for you.
this is applicable to so many areas of our lives
The way you are to act when in proximity with the cops in New York is totally different from the way you respond to the Cops in Nigeria, you got to be wise not to generalize because you could end up in a big smelly shit hole.
FUCK THE TRUTH
Many truths we hear are garbage, for instance
There is this theory about time, which goes this way
Time doesn’t exist, clocks exist, time is just an agreed upon construct. We have taken distance (one rotation of the earth and one orbit of the sun). divided it up into segments. Then given those segments labels.Anonymous
its true that time is a construct, but that truth is useless. what’s most important is that that construct enables us, humans, to be productive.
So even though time may not be a hundred percent accurate it is helpful thus needful, thus desirable and useful. And that truth is just Useless
the idea is to run away from confirmation bias and truths that bind us to a way of thinking which makes us lazy and insipid.
the fear that makes us hope that what we believe in is not false and that who we believe is perfect is the danger in “truth”.
This is the reason people would rather die than watch you desecrate their holy place.
only seek what is helpful and needful.
everyone has their own opinions, don’t listen to that, rather seek statistics and facts whilst bearing in mind that statistics and facts vary from place to place.
Am I believing this and acting this way because every other person is activin this way? is it wise to keep smoking and drinking every night and blowing all my money each Friday night by turning up and banging sorority girls?
Isn’t that “the life”?
when seeking the truth, pause and ask yourself, why am I even asking these particular set of questions? and even if this is the truth, is it really true in my circumstance
QUESTION EVEN THE UNQUESTIONABLE
I know this piece might have offended a few, but consider this, what if the “truth” that was assured was quite different from what you have been believing?
Another truth is that no singular religious book covers all the questions of modern-day life, rather they gave insights on how to go about it.
For instance, the Christian Bible, in the book of Proverbs, King Solomon who is considered the wisest man that ever lived insisted that the beginning of wisdom is Fearing Jehovah (God), which implies, putting in your best effort whilst trying as much as possible not to offend man and of course God would lead to a good life.
it is, therefore, better to adopt an algorithm rather than to choose a rigid truth and stick to with, because things can get really complicated and the God that commanded Solomon to slay every living thing, including livestock, may not really be commanding you to kill your neighbors chicken tomorrow morning.
and Oh..He never changes, so that genocide option is totally open, and that’s a truth
Your truth may be right, but maybe you should reexamine it, especially when statistically and obviously it is ruining your life and that of everyone around you.
*coughs* suicide bombers take note
THE FORMULA FOR TRUTH
the wonderful thing about words is that they just have to be believed to be considered true, they don’t even have to be true. they just have to be believable, and the sad thing is, there are lots of ways to make a statement believable
Skinny girls in bikinis drinking coke mean coke is good for the hot sexy body, right? Well I think overweight people know too well
The fact that something is seen, heard, felt and generally known, do not make it true, not even close. In fact, the more people believe something, the more you should investigate.
because just like our ancestors who lived in clans, and the buffalos that roam in herds, we humans are vulnerable to follow the crowd, and that sometimes leads to the entire herd falling into a ditch, and you don’t want that
for more reading on confirmation Bias, check our this article on Wiki
Confirmation Bias – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias
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