Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Being in an environment where the challenge of a bet is always looming works to reduce motivated reasoning. Such an environment changes the frame through which we view disconfirming information, reinforcing the frame change that our truthseeking group rewards. Evidence that might contradict a belief we hold is no longer viewed through as hurtful a frame. Rather, it is viewed as helpful because it can improve our chances of making a better bet.
-Annie Duke, Thinking In Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All The Facts
Ed. Note: Duke defines "motivated reasoning" as essentially only paying attention to evidence which confirms our existing beliefs.