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Dragons Ahead[Updated: 24 Jun 2016 — see postcript.]

Know how people say that no one has ever changed their mind because of an internet post?

Well prepare to be amazed, because I have an example of someone who did: me.

Often — and I’m guilty of this myself — when we encounter a posting that runs counter to our opinion it only reinforces our currently held belief. This cognitive bias has been studied repeatedly; we tend to dismiss items that refute our position and, even when faced with factual evidence that we are wrong, we tend to hold onto our opinions with even greater fervor.

In some cases, we’ll even hold two completely contradictory positions, which can lead to discomfort — cognitive dissonance — as we try to maintain our illogical stance.

This happened to me last night. (more…)

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