“If it is on the Internet it has to be true”.

“I’ve done my own research…”

Confirmation bias

Most of us take to Google looking for that ‘gotcha’ proof to disprove the ramblings of others.  But do you stop and take in the information that challenges your position, or do you continue on to find only those tidbits that prove your position?

I’m betting it’s the later.  You will ignore any and every item that disproves your position and will only focus on the things you want to be true.  We ALL do it — and it is usually the reason(s) we are wrong.

Okay, I’ve filled this post with six hundred and forty-three words.  This is an open thread.

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LCAussie
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LCAussie
July 29, 2022 01:32

What made this funny to me is how people like to talk about places they’ve never been before while the people actually living there are wondering what in the flying fuck they are talking about. A certain moron named Tim Poole comes to mind, as does SecondMouth..his rant on vaccines is one I will always remember as peak idiocy.. Australia… Read more »

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tweell
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tweell
July 28, 2022 18:06

True, but the Internet is still useful for all of that. You and I have never met and probably never will, yet we can exchange thoughts and information. We live in different areas and move in different social circles, without this medium it simply wouldn’t have happened. I am the richer for that, hopefully you are as well. ‘As iron… Read more »

tweell
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tweell
July 29, 2022 15:45

Of course, some folks may have impeccable credentials and a terrible track record. An example would be Paul Krugman, who has a Nobel Prize in economics. I pay attention to him because of his predictions – whatever he predicts, the opposite seems to occur. I made a decent amount of pocket change betting this way until my buddy wised up.… Read more »

LCAussie
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LCAussie
July 30, 2022 02:15

One of the biggest mistakes is “thats a left wing site or thats a right wing site so its biased or false”..it doesnt MATTER WHO SAID IT, if its a fact the source doesnt fucking well matter. If your worst enemy tells you that a truck is about to slam into your house and you stand there saying “thats bullshit”..the… Read more »

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tim
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tim
August 7, 2022 16:42

Of course Australia exists. It’s on the BOTTOM side of the flat Earth. Jeez.

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