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About me and the inspiration behind MindOpenWhy:

When I’m not absorbed in moderating this blog, I spend my time by day as a husband, father of 3 kids, 2 cats and 1 dog, and also work at a laboratory testing things.

I decided to write this blog as an antidote to the deluge of counterproductive rhetoric that seems to be taking over our airspace and webspace.

I believe everyone has something meaningful to say but many of us struggle to get beyond simply restating that which seems to confirm and support what we already believe. 

This is known as the confirmation bias and I concur with the notion that overcoming our own personal confirmation bias is one of the most difficult and evasive things for each of us to do as human beings.

This site is about overcoming my own personal confirmation bias and hopefully through that process helping others to do the same.

“Human beings tend almost invariably to be better at remembering evidence that is consistent with their beliefs than evidence that might disconfirm them….Overcoming this mental weakness, known as confirmation bias, is a lifelong struggle; recognizing that we all suffer from it is an important first step.”  —Cognitive scientist Gary Marcus, New York University  (Read more here)


Written by mindopenwhy

April 29, 2011 at 7:57 am

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