January 24th, 2010

caricature, Ergotia's bitch

Motivated reasoning

In motivated reasoning, memory searches, interpretations of incoming information, evaluations of arguments, and even perception, are biased in such a way that we will be more likely to arrive at a desired conclusion [...]
Motivated Reasoning I: Hot Cognition

What recommendations do you have for combating this cognitive bias in yourself and arrive at the truth? Faced with this possibility, what have you tried? Note that in doing this we can't assume the truth of the matter one way or the other since that's precisely what's at issue; the goal is to arrive at the correct conclusion, not to believe whatever is most pessimistic or most popular.