History Main / ConfirmationBias

21st Sep '17 6:37:19 AM HighCrate
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** On a more general note, this is why a lot of people are shocked when their preferred candidate loses. For example when Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election, people rioted and came up with many conspiracy theories to explain the loss. After all, the news they were listening to told them that Clinton was a shoe in and all those articles that popped saying it would be a close election were just alarmist click-bate.

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** On a more general note, this is why a lot of people are shocked when their preferred candidate loses. For example when Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election, people rioted and came up with many conspiracy theories to explain the loss. After all, the news they were listening to told them that Clinton was a shoe in and all those articles that popped saying it would be a close election were just alarmist click-bate.
20th Sep '17 10:11:03 PM Caps-luna
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* On a more general note, this is why a lot of people are shocked when their preferred candidate loses. For example when Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election, people rioted and came up with many conspiracy theories to explain the loss. After all, the news they were listening to told them that Clinton was a shoe in and all those articles that popped saying it would be a close election were just alarmist click-bate.

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* ** On a more general note, this is why a lot of people are shocked when their preferred candidate loses. For example when Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election, people rioted and came up with many conspiracy theories to explain the loss. After all, the news they were listening to told them that Clinton was a shoe in and all those articles that popped saying it would be a close election were just alarmist click-bate.
20th Sep '17 10:10:21 PM Caps-luna
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*On a more general note, this is why a lot of people are shocked when their preferred candidate loses. For example when Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 election, people rioted and came up with many conspiracy theories to explain the loss. After all, the news they were listening to told them that Clinton was a shoe in and all those articles that popped saying it would be a close election were just alarmist click-bate.
20th Sep '17 6:53:58 PM eroock
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-->--''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJD1Iwy5lUY If Google Was A Guy (Part 3)]], '''Website/CollegeHumor'''''

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-->--''[[https://www.-->-- ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJD1Iwy5lUY If Google Was A Guy (Part 3)]], '''Website/CollegeHumor'''''
23rd Jul '17 11:16:37 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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-> '''Woman:''' Vaccines cause autism?
-> '''Google:''' Well, I have one million results that say that they ''don't''... and one result that says they do.
-> '''Woman:''' ''[picks the latter result]'' I knew it!
-> '''Google:''' ''[screaming]'' Just because I have it doesn't mean it's true!
-->-- ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJD1Iwy5lUY If Google Was A Guy (Part 3)]], '''Website/CollegeHumor'''''

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-> '''Woman:''' ->'''Woman:''' Vaccines cause autism?
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autism?\\
'''Google:''' Well, I have one million results that say that they ''don't''... and one result that says they do.
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do.\\
'''Woman:''' ''[picks the latter result]'' I knew it!
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it!\\
'''Google:''' ''[screaming]'' Just because I have it doesn't mean it's true!
-->-- ''[[https://www.-->--''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJD1Iwy5lUY If Google Was A Guy (Part 3)]], '''Website/CollegeHumor'''''



* Tony Kushner not only admitted to, but ''defended'' this in [[http://www.jstor.org/stable/4337551?seq=10 a 1997 essay]]:
-->-- ''The converted need preaching to as much as the unconverted, and will usually prove far more responsive and interested in change . . . Those who are involved in the struggle to change the world need art that assists in examining the issues at hand, which are usually incredibly complex.''
** [[StrawmanHasAPoint There is some truth to that]].

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* Tony Kushner not only admitted to, but ''defended'' this in [[http://www.jstor.org/stable/4337551?seq=10 a 1997 essay]]:
-->-- ''The
essay]], [[StrawmanHasAPoint albeit with a pretty valid reason behind it]]:
-->''The
converted need preaching to as much as the unconverted, and will usually prove far more responsive and interested in change . . .change ... Those who are involved in the struggle to change the world need art that assists in examining the issues at hand, which are usually incredibly complex.''
** [[StrawmanHasAPoint There is some truth to that]].
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* In the Website/CollegeHumor sketch "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJD1Iwy5lUY If Google Was a Guy (Part 3)]]", a woman searches Website/{{Google}} ([[AnthropomorphicPersonification who is in the form of a regular guy]]) about vaccines causing autism. Google comes up with ''a million'' results that they don't, and ''one'' source that says they do. The woman snatches the positive result with a smarmy "I knew it!"

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* In The page quote comes from the Website/CollegeHumor sketch "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJD1Iwy5lUY If Google Was a Guy (Part 3)]]", where a woman searches Website/{{Google}} ([[AnthropomorphicPersonification who is in the form of a regular guy]]) about vaccines causing autism. Google comes up with ''a million'' results that they don't, and ''one'' source that says they do. The woman snatches the positive latter result with a smarmy "I knew it!"



* One variant of this is called [[https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Kafkatrapping kafkatrapping]]. It's when you accuse someone of bigotry and then take their denial as proof that they're a bigot.

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* One variant of this is called [[https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Kafkatrapping kafkatrapping]].kafkatrapping]][[note]][[IThoughtItMeant No relation to]] KafkaKomedy[[/note]]. It's when you accuse someone of bigotry and then take their denial as proof that they're a bigot.
23rd Jul '17 5:16:46 AM Josef5678
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-> ''Such are promises''
-> ''All lies and jest''
-> ''Still, a man hears what he wants to hear''
-> ''And disregards the rest.''
-->-- '''SimonAndGarfunkel''', ''The Boxer''


22nd Jul '17 10:13:03 AM Maplewood
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-> ''Such are promises''
-> ''All lies and jest''
-> ''Still, a man hears what he wants to hear''
-> ''And disregards the rest.''
-->-- '''SimonAndGarfunkel''', ''The Boxer''


27th Jun '17 5:10:49 PM nombretomado
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* In his Youtube podcast series ''Afterburner'', conservative American pundit Creator/BillWhittle often falls to this kind of logic, such as when attributing Plano, TX' record homicide lows to their [[UsefulNotes/AmericanGunPolitics high gun ownership rate]] -- [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plano,_Texas and absolutely no other factors]]. Another [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuv0K8H8ILM example]] has him concluding that America's ''laissez-faire'' economic model had [[CulturalPosturing made the country more inventive and ingenious]] than 'Socialist' countries like Sweden. His compelling evidence: the clicks he needed on [[TheOtherWiki The Other Wiki]] to find entries on American and Swedish inventions.

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* In his Youtube podcast series ''Afterburner'', conservative American pundit Creator/BillWhittle often falls to this kind of logic, such as when attributing Plano, TX' record homicide lows to their [[UsefulNotes/AmericanGunPolitics high gun ownership rate]] -- [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plano,_Texas and absolutely no other factors]]. Another [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nuv0K8H8ILM example]] has him concluding that America's ''laissez-faire'' economic model had [[CulturalPosturing made the country more inventive and ingenious]] than 'Socialist' countries like Sweden. His compelling evidence: the clicks he needed on [[TheOtherWiki The Other Wiki]] Wiki/TheOtherWiki to find entries on American and Swedish inventions.
22nd May '17 1:32:12 PM Josef5678
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* Confirmation bias drives the mindset of the Reapers in the VideoGame/MassEffect series. They were created by an advanced Artificial Intelligence who became convinced that synthetic life would inevitably attack and destroy organic life, and created the reapers as a way to supposedly "preserve" organic life in a synthetic form. The idea that organics and synthetics could co-exist peacefully (as demonstrated by [[{{Fembot}} EDI]], the Geth, and (in VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda) [[BenevolentAI SAM]]) never occurred to them, or were considered one-off anomalies every time the situation popped up.

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* Confirmation bias drives the mindset of the Reapers in the VideoGame/MassEffect series. They were created by an advanced Artificial Intelligence who became convinced that synthetic life would inevitably attack and destroy organic life, and created the reapers as a way to supposedly "preserve" organic life in a synthetic form. The idea that organics and synthetics could co-exist peacefully (as demonstrated by [[{{Fembot}} EDI]], the Geth, and (in VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda) ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda'') [[BenevolentAI SAM]]) never occurred to them, or were considered one-off anomalies every time the situation popped up.
21st May '17 4:00:13 AM BigJaredMonkey
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* This trope becomes an actual plot point in ''[[https://www.tthfanfic.org/story.php?no=10229&rewrite=true Father Goose and the Black Knight]]'' (a Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer / Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit crossover fanfic). Detective Stabler is so convinced that the only reason why an adult man like Xander Harris would be associated with a school for teenaged girls is that he (Xander) is a pedophile. Of course, the truth is that the girls are all Slayers-in-Training, and Xander is one of their three teachers (the other two being a Watcher and Faith).


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* Confirmation bias drives the mindset of the Reapers in the VideoGame/MassEffect series. They were created by an advanced Artificial Intelligence who became convinced that synthetic life would inevitably attack and destroy organic life, and created the reapers as a way to supposedly "preserve" organic life in a synthetic form. The idea that organics and synthetics could co-exist peacefully (as demonstrated by [[{{Fembot}} EDI]], the Geth, and (in VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda) [[BenevolentAI SAM]]) never occurred to them, or were considered one-off anomalies every time the situation popped up.
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