Look for Opposite Views Instead of Confirming Ones

  • actively look for views "against" what we believe/learn - and trying to understand them
  • this is a countermeasure for the feedback loop of looking for confirmation for what we believe, and learning only more confirmation, closing us from different views / the "truth"
  • looking for confirmation is opposite of a scientific method - we have an outcome in mind and want to find points for supporting it, instead of starting from observations, and coming to a conclusion

Google the subject term or phrase followed by the word controversy or opposition... If you don't find a lot, try rebuttal, refuted, arguments against.


  • references:
    • confirmation bias is the bias of looking for information that confirm what we already believe
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