The exercise is intended to show how you tend to come up with a hypothesis and then work to prove it right instead of working to prove it wrong. Once satisfied, you stop searching.
I have been chewing on this article all morning, asking myself: “When is the last time you really opened your mind?”
I was familiar with the notion of confirmation bias prior to reading this article, but hadn’t made the connections to belief, opinion, and identity (end of the article). As a Christian, I am more than aware of the pull to surround yourself with stuff that reinforces your beliefs. I have also mocked that trend when it gets silly, such as stamping “Jesus Loves You” on a bunch of cheap plastic toys in an effort to make them more acceptable.
All that being said, I am personally in the middle of an exhausting couple of months trying to sort out all of the ideas I have let in, trying to make sense of all of the data. In an effort to be open minded, I have listened to skeptics and their concerns about faith and find myself wrestling with questions I don’t have very good answers for.
All the cognitive dissonance is wearing me out.
How do you find the balance between keeping an open mind and constantly questioning your beliefs and identity?