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Confirmation Bias

Some people will accept anything before accepting they’re wrong.

  • specialEDpenguin

    I’m not joining in, but I will stare at you awkwardly. Ya this is fun.

    • shanon

      don’t worry, you don’t even have to hear applause with fingers in your ears ;)

  • JinnTavar

    I do believe you have just identified almost everything that is wrong with the world.

  • Shizzuie

    In many cases this could be called “Denial” which is a mental illness. just sayin

  • http://twitter.com/j_doss J. Christopher Doss

    Ironically we could put Jobs’ and Wozniak’s names on those two and now we applaud them

  • Ben Brown

    Wow I think this perfectly describes conspiracy theorists.

  • rg57

    This would be more congruent with reality if the paper-waving crowd was the “evidence you’re right”, and the “evidence you’re wrong” was represented by a single stick figure with a microscope.

  • B_man
  • Emu

    All I could think of was “Poutine is bad”

  • http://sillyoldblogger.wordpress.com Alan Dow

    It’s a great cartoon, but it’s not about “Confirmation Bias” which describes the fact that in science, experiments which “fail” to return significant results tend not to get published, hence the published literature does not accurately reflect the totality of the work done. That’s not the same thing as ‘denying the weight of evidence’.

    • http://www.happyjar.com/ Fonder

      “Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for or interpret information in a way that confirms one’s beliefs or hypotheses.”

      I don’t doubt that it may also be used to describe what you’re referring to, but my understanding is that this is the more widely understood, broad definition of the term which I think applies pretty well.

      Either way though, glad you liked the toon. ;)

      • http://sillyoldblogger.wordpress.com Alan Dow

        Ooops..
        Having now bothered to check, I must now admit my above comment is a case of “confirmation bias confirmation bias”
        hahahahaha

        • http://www.happyjar.com/ Fonder

          Hahaha. Excellent.