Careful, Confirmation Bias Can Be Contagious

Twinkies - photo by Christian Cable

In case you missed it, Hostess Brands Inc., maker of  Twinkies and Ding Dongs, announced today that all plants have ceased operation. This comes after a liquidation threat earlier in the week if workers continued to strike. Hostess filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this year.

A recent Facebook status by a person who will remain nameless goes:

I’m sure the Hostess closure is an isolated incident and has nothing to do with the reelection of President Obama. And if you believe that, I have a Twinkies factory to sell you. Rob Peter to pay Paul? Peter just told Paul to stick it! – by Anonymous Facebook User

I have a two-word response: Confirmation bias — What is confirmation bias you ask?

According to Science Daily:

In psychology and cognitive science, confirmation bias (or confirmatory bias) is a tendency to search for or interpret information in a way that confirms one’s preconceptions, leading to statistical errors. – Science Daily

According to me:

In politics, confirmation bias (or confirmatory bias) is a tendency to search for or interpret information in a way that confirms one’s preconceptions, leading to making an ass of one’s self.

photo by Christian Cable

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