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Confirmation bias

Confirmation bias happens when we demonstrate a tendency to seek information that confirms what we already believe. This is a bias towards collecting support for the beliefs, values, and assumptions we hold.

Confirmation bias occurs often and especially in the world of politics. We may only watch or listen to media that confirms our opinions and views. This TEDX Talk discusses how listening to learn about our differences is a better way.

Perhaps there are a few of you who are unable to access this YouTube video so here is brief summary so you can respond to the following three questions. Caitlan on the left is a conservative. Lauren on the right is a liberal. They are best friends. They discuss how the 2016 US election forged hot topics for discussion. Forty percent of US voters say the election negatively affected a personal relationship. Caitlin and Lauren discuss their close friendship and how they bridge their political differences by engaging in dialogue. They refuse to avoid debate. They use dialogue, not to force the other to agree, but to learn and to understand. The goal is not to win a debate, but rather to understand an opposing perspective. They listen to each other even when they disagree. They learned to honor their own values and to also respect differences in others at the same time.

Please view this TEDX Talk: How our friendship survives our opposing politics by Caitlin Quattromani and Lauren Arledge.

This is an additional video, hosted on YouTube.

Following viewing this video, please reflect on these three questions:

  1. How do you feel after watching the video?
  2. What did you learn from what was shared about how to handle confirmation bias?
  3. How does this learning relate to the real world?

Please click on the comment button and share your responses to these three questions. Please list your responses in order by #1, 2, and 3. Next, respond to the reflections or comments of two to three other learners.

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Understanding Diversity and Inclusion

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