Monday, September 26, 2016

The Problem With Conformation Bias

One question all you flat earthers out there might be asking is why do people believe something that is so blatantly wrong. One easy reason for this is confirmation bias. Conformation bias is defined as the tendency to interpret new evidence as confirmation of one's existing beliefs or theories. Since so many people are indoctrinated to believe in round earth they have a hard time believing it is wrong. It is easier to believe that what you spent so much time and effort believing is right that people go out of their way to find evidence to support that theory even if it is not the best evidence. The best example of this is that when NASA releases a photoshopped picture of the Earth people do not scrutinize it. They just accept it as reality and move on. Additionally since a majority of people (unfortunately) believe that round earth is real, you may risk being ostracized by even questioning round earth.

The image below helps explain what conformation bias is.

1 comment:

  1. This sheds more doubt on flat earth beliefs than round. Confirmation bias applies more to people that think they actually have something to prove (you)