538. Monsters Like Confirmation Bias

Confirmation bias is the ability in humans, once they want or believe in something, to ignore almost all contradictory information. For instance, when humans fall in love with a house on the market. Of course, a family of five were slain there, mysteriously, while they slept in their beds. And ever since, strange occurrences have been documented on the premises.

But that’s not relevant to you, as the buyers, right?

“Honey, those stains will just buff out. I’m sure we’ll be fine. Let’s buy it. We could live here forever.”

Perhaps, they will.

538. Monsters Like Confirmation Bias


Jim MacKenzie is an amateur futurist on his way to guru-hood. He studied journalism and works in television. Jim writes for several blogs, including The Incredible Vanishing Paperweight and the satirical horror site StuffMonsterslike.com. Jim and his SML co-blogger, Sarah Giavedoni, have started a holiday, ticked off celebrities and tried to purchase the lunar surface. In his spare time, Jim likes listening to rock music, reading, giving away free books at his nonprofit "The POP Project" and trying to catch the real Thomas Wolfe Home arsonist.

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