As we watch the bitter political divisions that seem to be occurring in an increasing number of countries, it appears to be having a serious side effect: Less and less rational, logical, critical thinking.
We all have confirmation bias in different areas and probably always had. But the degree and magnitude it is occurring today is mind-boggling...
People can be faced with a tsunami of facts and evidence on something – but if this conflicts with a cherished belief of theirs – they find a way to completely negate the facts. This isn’t a case of just filtering out evidence that clashes with their opinions. It’s a case of them being smacked upside the head with the evidence and consciously finding a way to invalidate it. No matter how much they have to contort, warp, or totally flee from logic.
It takes an extraordinary amount of humility to allow yourself to be proven wrong. But you can’t evolve any other way. Hopefully you do have strong, thoughtful opinions on the important things in live. And hopefully, you hold them loosely.