politics through the lens of bias
why facts don’t change our minds
elizabeth kolbert 2017
confirmation bias etc but no solutions
donald sull and kathleen eisenhardt 2015
because we all use habits, it is wise to
people are bound by their certainties. whether we call these certainties genes, traumas, cultures, beliefs, habits, truths, values, institutions, addictions, systems, stasis, civilisations — as long as they are certainties, they bind us.
From Ancient Greek σύστημα (sústēma, “organised whole, body”), from σύν (sún, “with, together”) + ἵστημι (hístēmi, “I stand”).
our values and beliefs not only define us and rule us — they also trap, bind, and strangle us.
most people think in shorthand almost all the time. i am no different, just a little more aware that i should try to change my habits of thought. and that maybe eventually this will make a little difference.
what we can see is only sometimes the solution to our problem. the idea of science is to try to observe the rare occurrences, to try to create theories that can show the patterns of behaviour in the world.
rituals of connection
on the way we place our artefacts in relation to our living processes.