tendency of people to favor information that confirms their beliefs or hypotheses
Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms one's beliefs or hypotheses.
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- It is the peculiar and perpetual error of the human intellect to be more moved and excited by affirmatives than by negatives; whereas it ought properly to hold itself indifferently disposed towards both alike.
- Francis Bacon, Novum Organum, § 46
- It is true that may hold in these things, which is the general root of superstition; namely, that men observe when things hit, and not when they miss; and commit to memory the one, and forget and pass over the other.
- Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum Century X (1627).
- Confirmation bias is a helluva drug.
- Brian Keating, "Brian Keating: Cosmology, Astrophysics, Aliens & Losing the Nobel Prize | Lex Fridman Podcast #257". Lex Fridman, YouTube. (quote at 2:30:47 of 3:59:41)