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Confirmation bias

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Confirmation bias is the tendency to credit only the information which supports or confirms a position while ignoring, dismissing or minimising information which seems to contradict that position.

This tendency can include the exclusive use of information sources or references which are known to be in accord with an established position.

Like all cognitive biases it not only affects all people but it also tends be denied most vehemently by those who suffer from it most.[Fact?] It explains the natural human tendency to read newspapers or watch news channels which confirm our existing beliefs rather than those which would challenge them.

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