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Confirmation Bias
1/4/2014
Confirmation bias is the tendency for individuals to support the data that confirms their
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Confirmation bias

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Confirmation bias

  1. 1. Confirmation Bias 1/4/2014 Confirmation bias is the tendency for individuals to support the data that confirms their assumptions regardless of the data being correct or not. Everybody has their own biases, and they will try their best to confirm those biases even when people disapprove them of those biases. For example, my friend who is currently studying in the United States claims that there have been many cases of shoot-outs among gangs lately, and he believes that the best way to stop these cases is to maximize gun control. I told him that gun control really isn’t the problem, but the people who own guns. Surely, people like these who are experiencing issues in their lives will not hesitate to break the law to own a gun. My friend denies my argument and says that it’s because of guns, people have turned into the ‘monsters’ they are today. He was persistent in putting his belief through this argument, and so I let him. There is no right or wrong in this argument, and both of us had our own beliefs. From this experience, I can conclude that there is definitely confirmation bias, where my friend supports his belief of gun control being the solution to shoot-out cases.

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