Wednesday, December 23, 2009

"...we carefully edit our reality, searching for evidence that confirms what we believe"

Here is a fascinating article about how science often ignores experiment failures for the discoveries that they are.

This puts a whole new perspective on why science can move rather slowly to new discoveries.


Bernie May said...
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Bernie May said...

Yea, it's called confirmation bias. It's the human trait of mitigating or ignoring evidence that contradicts what we already believe. We and even reinterpret data to fit our bias. It's kinda of weird. Once you're aware of it, you see it everywhere . . .

. . . hang on, that's odd.