How cognitive biases determine our worldview and political beliefs

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Do you ever ask yourself why you believe the things you do? I’d be willing to bet that the vast majority of people often don’t, especially when it comes to politics and current events. This is because most people already have a worldview that, once fixed, is unable to be changed thanks to these pesky little things called cognitive biases.

The three most prevalent cognitive biases that prevent one from engaging in rational thought and inquiry are groupthink, confirmation bias, and cognitive dissonance, and nearly everyone is guilty of them to some degree. It explains why people are more politically…

Scientists are discovering that global insect populations have been declining in recent decades, largely due to human activity.

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Have you noticed that there seem to be fewer insects around today than 10 or 20 years ago? What about less insects getting splattered on your car windshield now compared to previous decade? Well many people have made this observation, leading to the term the “windscreen phenomenon”. This is now being corroborated by recent scientific findings, earning it the label “the insect apocalypse”, and if left unchecked will have detrimental effects on ecosystems and humans alike.

The decline

A recent meta-analysis published in the journal Science, using data from 166 long-term insect surveys across 1676 sites across the world, found that the…

Authoritarians gain support by labelling all opposition as the enemy, which is exactly what John Brennan just did

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Ex-CIA director John Brennan was on record the other day essentially claiming that any right-leaning American, even including libertarians, are domestic terrorists and in the same camp as white supremacists:

I know looking forward that the members of the Biden team who have been nominated or have been appointed, are now moving in laser-like fashion to try to uncover as much as they can about what looks very similar to insurgency movements…and it brings together an unholy alliance, frequently, of religious extremists, authoritarians, fascists, bigots, racists, nativists, even libertarians. …

Groupthink is more prevalent than ever, and it’s taking us into dangerous territory.

Discovered by Yale University research psychologist Irving Janis, groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that causes people to agree with their peers or with conventional wisdom on a topic, even when it goes against what the available evidence and logic is telling them. Essentially, it is thinking with the herd. It renders people incapable or unwilling to think for themselves, question their beliefs, or voice disagreement. Sometimes this is done out of fear of rocking the boat, other times it is done to fit in.

Even when offered copious amounts of evidence that the majority is wrong, people dismiss or ignore…

Jonathan Teasdale

BSc Environmental Science. I write about global issues and anything else I find interesting

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