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The difference between group think and confirmation bias

Pay attention to this when you’re wading through information and trying to figure out how you feel about something…

What many consider “groupthink” is confirmation bias. We love to believe in a marketplace of ideas. It’s a founding tenant of journalism and liberal democracy. But, in practice, we seek out ideas, opinions and sources that confirm rather than challenge our ingrained opinions.

It’s rare we read or seek out material that changes how we feel about an issue, especially if it’s an emotional one.

That last part is important…and wildly difficult.

Or F. Scott Fitzgerald thought it was.

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