Only you can stop confirmation bias

Confirmation bias leads us to hold false belief with a confidence greater than evidence can justify. Curbing it when making decisions requires patience and rigor. It’s a battle that’s worth the effort.

Fig. 1 We’re great at recognising faces, to the point where we see them where there are none — a false positive. In this way, our brain errs on the side of caution. If we weren’t good at facial recognition, we might miss faces when they’re present — a false negative. If that face belonged to a predator, that mistake could come with a high cost: death.


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