Confirmation Bias discussion

Confirmation Bias discussion

QUESTION DESCRIPTION

What to trust in a “post-truth” world video (Ted Talks)

Instructions: Please view the video and answer the question in your own words. Reply to 2 of your peers comments. You must submit a response first.

Group Discussion Question: How can the tendency to only accept information that supports your personal beliefs affects politics? Write a minimum of two (2) paragraphs. Reply to a minimum of two peers responses. You must post first. If no one has posted, you will need to check back later to reply to others before the deadline.

Do not wait until the last minute to reply. If you only post and do not comment on two peers, you will receive partial credit.

Video Introduction:

Only if you are truly open to the possibility of being wrong can you ever learn, says researcher Alex Edmans. In an insightful talk, he explores how confirmation bias — the tendency to only accept information that supports your personal beliefs — can lead you astray on social media, in politics and beyond, and offers three practical tools for finding evidence you can actually trust. (Hint: appoint someone to be the devil’s advocate in your life.)

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