Twofer Tuesday: On Questions & Facts
Our brains are complicated things. And that can be both a good thing and a bad thing. We’re capable of channelling our minds for greatness, but we’re prone to bias and lasting misconceptions. This week, I choose to channel the power of the Twofers for good: toward better understanding how our minds interpret and react to questions and facts.
Questioning the Power of the Mind
If you’re a regular to this blog, or to my site in general, you know that I’m a big proponent of questions. They take you out of your head and open your mind to ideas, insights and innovations from others.
But did you know that questions actually have the power not only to influence what our brains do the instant we hear them but also to shape our future behaviour? That’s pretty heady stuff.
Fact or Fiction: Does It Matter to Our Grey Matter?
Which do you think carry more weight — impressions or facts?
The fact is that impressions are remarkably persistent, even in the face of hard evidence that contradicts our beliefs. A scary yet perhaps unsurprising finding in the era of fake news and alternative facts, wouldn’t you say?
“Consider what’s become known as ‘confirmation bias,’ the tendency people have to embrace information that supports their beliefs and reject information that contradicts them.”
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