Bias Archive

What If My Younger Self Friended Me on Facebook?

If by some strange experiment of internet time travel you were friended by your younger self on Facebook, would accept it?

3 for Thursday: 3 Examples of Believing is Seeing

When we look into the clouds, sometimes what we find is exactly what we were looking for in the first place.

Quoted: Jonathan Swift on the Futility of Irrationality

"It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into." ~ Jonathan Swift

3 for Thursday: 3 Studies on the Problem of Religious Identity

New studies say something about religious identity and their perils in family, job prospects in the American South, and in defining a country.

Why Religion Eventually Leads to Secularity: A Review of Big Gods

"Secular societies climbed the ladder of religion, and then kicked it away," says Ara Norenzayan in Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict. Security breeds secularity. "There are indications that some societies with strong institutions and material well-being may have passed a threshold, no longer needing religion to sustain large-scale cooperation."

Quoted: Iris Murdoch on Self-Delusion

“One should go easy on smashing other people’s lies. Better to concentrate on one’s own.” ~ Iris Murdoch, Henry and Cato

3 for Thursday: 3 Examples of Your Brain Tricking You

We rely on our brains, so the idea of your brain tricking you might be disheartening, but it’s a reality. The brain gathers information and fills in the gaps. Sometimes we see things that we think are there and make judgments about the world based on that observation, but sometimes it’s all in our

The Blinding Power of Bias

The power of bias is immense. It can keep us from seeing our own faults and give us an undeserving certainty about the world. Noticing the biases of others may be easier, especially if you are the unfortunate subject of them, but finding a way to convince them of those biases can feel like
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