Slate: Confirmation bias

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Slate: Confirmation bias

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Re: Slate: Confirmation bias

Post by bystander » Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:16 pm

The Lancet retracts paper linking MMR vaccines and autism
Ars Technica: Nobel Intent: 2010 Feb 03

The Lancet, 2010. DOI: 10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60175-4

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Re: Slate: Confirmation bias

Post by geckzilla » Thu Feb 04, 2010 6:20 pm

And as much as the internet can assist one in dispelling such beliefs it also perpetuates them. It's such a difficult subject. I live with someone who is obsessed with eating habits and has fallen into the trap of confirmation bias. She watches youtube videos and reads articles all the time full of pseudoscience about toxins, cancer, diets, etc as long as it fits her mold of what she has already concluded. It's maddening to try to get her to just stop and think about what she's doing and I can't seem to offer any advice to help her get out of it.
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