Everyone believes very easily whatever he fears or desires
So when a posting came up on Facebook that said that he did another douchebag thing, I shared it only to find out later it wasn’t true.
The thing is, I assume he’s a douchebag so when I read something that proves it, I immediately believe it.
What irritated me most about that was that I should’ve known better.
One of the few things I remember from my first year in Prof. Maas‘ Psych 101 Class – waaaaaay back in 1990 – was the idea of confirmation bias, which essentially echoes poet Jean De la Fontaine idea that Everyone believes very easily whatever he fears or desires.
So when the Rolling Stone article about the UVA rape case was found to be completely false over the weekend, I thought of Prof. Maas and De la Fontaine again.
Rolling Stone and the authors wanted to believe that colleges are a hotbed of rape and misbehavior and found evidence to prove their position.
Only they didn’t. Instead, they just made it harder for genuine rape cases to be believed.
I see it every single day on Facebook. People that have evidence that aspartame and tilapia will kill you, Obama is a secret Muslim, and that jet fuel cannot melt steel.
It’s a daily thing – and something I perpetuated myself with Kayne West, because I wanted to believe he’s a douchebag and found evidence to support this, even when I didn’t.
Beliefs are dangerous things and they cloud judgement, even from those that should know better.
Still, it’s better to appreciate this with the smaller, insignificant things, than to realize it with bigger, more meaningful things. Just ask Rolling Stone magazine.
Location: in midtown later at midday for some afternoon cognac
Music: People around gotta find something to say now
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