Learning & Persuasion Are Not Side Effects of Debate

Somehow debating has become a positive and healthy activity. We do it on tv, YouTube, conferences, and social media. More often than not you will here the screams of the masses calling for two adversaries to debate. Disagreement becomes a spectacle to be entertained by. What’s worse is the claims that debating improves logical thinking, […]

The Cultural Wars, Explained

The group that fights against “X” instead of for “Y” ultimately loses. Anytime your cause is characterized by opposition to a position, or reactionism (think anti-abortion vs. pro-life), it will be less palatable to the people you’re trying to convince. It makes it sound like your movement is overtly critical or backward, implying right off […]

Consistency Over Logic: When Our Assumptions Affect Our Reasoning

Which description is more likely? My neighbor is an atheist, or my neighbor is an atheist and a democrat. If you picked the second option, congratulations! You just picked the illogical choice, and probably the one you’re biased to. See, the probability of my neighbor being an atheist is higher because it’s predicated on one […]

How Status Quo Bias Affects Minorities

“How it’s always been done” is the prevailing excuse for continuing any action regardless of how destructive it is. The status quo is a powerful influencer. It affects all parties involved: those deciding, those empowered by the status quo (i.e. majority), and those disadvantaged by the status quo (i.e. minority). The effect being over-comfortable with […]

This Is How Your Outreach Becomes Affected By False Consensus Bias

We tend to base our answers, assumptions, and perceptions on our collective experiences. If you’ve never talked to a wide selection of black people about their run-ins with police, judges, etc, you’ll assume more about how blacks views the issue of politic brutality. If you’ve never made the effort to discover what particular people think […]