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Why we are Hard Headed.



Welcome to the blog of Chairman Bob Sutton, where we explore cognitive biases, with a special focus on confirmation bias and its impact on our daily lives. Cognitive biases are systematic patterns of deviation from norm or rationality in judgment, which can lead to perceptual distortion, inaccurate judgment, illogical interpretation, or what is broadly called irrationality.


One of the most common cognitive biases is confirmation bias. Confirmation bias is a cognitive bias that causes us to seek out and interpret information in a way that confirms our pre-existing beliefs or values. In other words, we tend to filter information that supports our views and ignore information that challenges them.


Confirmation bias can manifest in various aspects of our lives, including politics, religion, and relationships. We see it every day in the media, where people choose to consume news from sources that align with their views and dismiss information from sources that do not.


The problem with confirmation bias is that it can lead to a closed-minded approach that prevents us from considering alternative perspectives. This can be harmful in situations where critical thinking and an open mind are essential, such as when making important decisions or solving complex problems.


To avoid falling prey to confirmation bias, it's essential to be aware of its existence and consciously seek out diverse perspectives. This means actively seeking out opinions and information that challenge our preconceived notions and being open to changing our minds if the evidence warrants it.


One way to do this is by deliberately seeking out sources of information that offer diverse perspectives. This can mean reading news articles from a variety of sources or engaging in discussions with people who hold differing opinions.


It's also crucial to cultivate a growth mindset that is open to learning and evolving. This means recognizing that we don't have all the answers and that there's always room for improvement.


In conclusion, confirmation bias is a common cognitive bias that can hinder our ability to think critically and make sound decisions. By being aware of its existence and actively seeking out diverse perspectives, we can avoid the trap of confirmation bias and become better critical thinkers.


Thank you for joining me in this exploration of cognitive biases, and I hope you find the insights shared here valuable in your personal and professional life. Let's continue to challenge ourselves and grow together.


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