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.

Notes:
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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