Confirmation Bias

From Wikipedia: “Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms or supports one’s prior beliefs or values.”

We are all somewhat guilty of this especially during the 2020 chaos and divisiveness but our media streams and search engines (and streaming media) filter bubbles only set our preferences (aka biases) in virtual stone.

Wonder what would happen if I begin to continuously search for kindness, bubble guppies, compassion, caring, gratitude, paw patrol, love, hugs, peace, and other terms of endearment and unity? Could be an experiment with timely implications versus continuing to do searches regarding the election results et al…

Time to be like the storybook King Arthur and pull that sword out of the virtual stone.

(And if you do not believe me, do a search from multiple search engines or create a brand new streaming media profile on a service you subscribe to…your results may just amaze you.)

The Wall

Once upon a time, two groups of people disagreed. Instead of working through their disagreement, some became so entrenched and emotionally attached to their opinions and views, they began building a wall. It was no ordinary wall because once the other group saw the wall going up, they too decided to add to the wall on their side. Those on the left believed they were always right, and only their ideas would ever work; those on the right thought they were always correct, and only their concepts would ever work. Continue reading “The Wall”

Notice Your Filters

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Shoes on a Rail…enjoying the moment.

Have you ever focused on something and realized later how much you automatically filter out?

So much time was spent in focusing on the shoes and ensuring the lake was in the picture that it was not until after the shot was taken that the wires, cars, houses, planter, fire hydrant et al were noticed. They could be edited out of the picture but they serve as reminders for us to really look around and notice what else gets filtered out in life. Continue reading “Notice Your Filters”