If you search for this on Wikipedia, you’ll get re-directed to Confirmation bias. However the Backfire effect is the name for the effect when a person finds contradicting evidence and that makes them cling harder to the original belief. We’ve all seen this in people. I’d argue that you could employ a structured analytic technique… Read More Bias Study: The Backfire Effect
This is the eighth post in the Bias study. The Self Serving Bias is any cognitive or perceptual process that is distorted by the need to maintain and enhance self-esteem, or the tendency to perceive oneself in an overly favorable manner. In other words this is the thing where, when stuff goes right you did… Read More Bias Study: Self Serving Bias
Recently there was a series of articles published in the Washington Post and New York Times about the Internet Research Agency or IRA. Both articles covered a recent congressional reports from Oxford’s Computational Propaganda Project. These guys are doing great work and it’s worth spending some time at their site. The reports mentioned in these articles… Read More The Red Scare
In recent posts I talked about the growing significance of Information operations. Or maybe I didn’t who really knows. But I’ve recently discovered a documentary called HYPERNORMALISATON by filmmaker Adam Curtis. I can’t say that I’m in love with the actual footage used in the film and the music is overpowering, but it is worth… Read More Is this real life?
The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (Perennial Classics) In all fairness, I had to read this book originally for school. However I’ve come to reference it often in my professional life. In this book Hoffer describes, in plain English, the conditions required to create a lasting social or political movement. One that will… Read More Book Review: True Believer-Eric Hoffer