09.10.2012   18:27

Matt Ridley: The Perils Of Confirmation Bias

Der Begriff Bestätigungsfehler (confirmation bias) bezeichnet in der Kognitionspsychologie die Neigung, Informationen so auszuwählen, zu suchen und zu interpretieren, dass diese die eigenen Erwartungen erfüllen.—Matt Ridley: The Perils Of Confirmation Bias. The philosopher Karl Popper famously made the case that the distinguishing feature of a scientific theory is that it is falsifiable. Scientists set out to shoot down each other’s theories and only when they fail does a hypothesis become an accepted scientific fact. For some time it has been clear that is not how most climate scientists operate.


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