Fashionable Bias


We are all influenced by our biases - the big difference between people is that some are aware of this while others are not


 

 

In our current public forum of ideas, the popular thought is that everyone should avoid words, actions, and even viewpoints that could offend or judge, others.  But by a logical benchmark this well-meaning conviction ends up being blatantly judgmental and ultimately highly biased. 

 

We will look at why this idea is misguided from the perspective of “bias”.  Firstly, this fashionable and relatively new ideology is not content to simply exist as one of many competing beliefs; but it is rigidly enforced as the only appropriate way of thinking and speaking.  Should one fail to comply with the "appropriate" way of thinking and speaking then an apology is always demanded, and the perpetrator is open to ridicule and can often lose prestige and means of income. 

 

As thousands of years of experience has demonstrated whenever an idea, philosophy, or religion becomes dogmatic, and its proponents believe they possess the only acceptable viewpoint, they will trample upon the free expression of non-believers. They will demand to be allowed to judge who, and what, is considered to be wrong - or biased - in every situation. This predetermined perspective is, of course, the very definition of bias or intolerance.

 

For people to buy into this form of bias it is necessary for them to assume their philosophy is true and represents the best of all competing philosophies. To reach this conclusion it is necessary for some lapses in logic.

 

For example: The current cultural and academic viewpoint is that, other than the approved scientific ideas, there are no absolute truths in the world, meaning: various cultural beliefs are equally valid in terms of their importance, their validity, and their consequences. However, this idea contradicts the initial assumption regarding the philosophy outlined in the above paragraphs; including the idea there are certain people who are allowed to promulgate their biased points of view.  See Bias in Science.

 

To be free of this fashionable type of bias it is necessary to think carefully and inspect the assumptions one is making on a moment-by-moment basis. This site provides techniques on how to proceed with one's critical thinking.

 

 

 


Bias is not the real problem: the dilemma is the stubborn belief that “other” people are biased while you, and those who agree with you, are not

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Bias and Belief are so intimately linked that how we acquire them must be looked at together