The Dictionary of the Climate Debate (DCD)

confirmation bias
Definition: When viewing your research data, you only see trends that agree with the argument you want to prove, and you are blind to any data that contradicts them.

1. Click here to read John Tierny of the New York Times explain how confirmation bias might have played a role in Climategate.

Example Usages -

1. "I argued last week that the way to combat confirmation bias - the tendency to behave like a defense attorney rather than a judge when assessing a theory in science - is to avoid monopoly. So long as there are competing scientific centers, some will prick the bubbles of theory reinforcement in which other scientists live."
(Source: Matt Ridley, The perils of confirmation bias )

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