Humans are incredibly fallible creatures. We form opinions about the world, and fear being wrong so much that we sometimes refuse to see what is right in front of us. We want that bottle of shampoo that says “deshed” to get rid of all the shedding on our dogs, like a magic potion. We want to believe we’ve found the answers to everything from cancer to tooth decay. We want to believe these things so much that we tend to only read articles that support our personal view of the world, and to cherry-pick information from opposing viewpoints to preserve our perspective.
This behavior happens to such a degree, we can read the exact same study and come away from it thinking it validates our point of view. Even when our perspectives are opposite!
This behavior is called conformation bias, and its not easy to change. It’s human nature to want to be ‘right’ at all times.
At Renegade Housewife I enjoy very much setting up experiments, and studying the world that I live in. What needs to be clear though is that while I take as many steps as I can to avoid it, I too fall victim to conformation bias. I will put my findings up for you to see, but they are subject to error, and always on a super small scale. In the end I’m just a mom toodling around with my pets and my house. I’m not, and have never claimed to be, a real scientist.
A photo from an experiment on shortening overall nail length safely. Coming soon!
I ask that if you read any of my articles and agree with them, don’t just leave it at that. Certainly, don’t use it as a reference to prove your point. Instead, confirm it for yourself. Conduct your own experiments, post your own opinions, and if you dare, read a dissenting viewpoint. We can only grow if we constantly question our own opinions.
In order to help you with this, all of my articles will contain resources, so you can verify facts. I may occasionally also include links to an opposing view point, depending on availability. Feel free to offer me links to add to the resources, or an opposing viewpoint. That way you are never chained by just my own thoughts and perspectives. I ask that when you read my articles, you read an alternating perspective as well. If you ever disagree with my posts, please feel comfortable enough to share your point of view. As long as you are respectful, I will keep your posts live.
Keep in mind that attacking other people is not respectful, and is actually a poor debating technique. We will delete any obviously trolling comments or personal attacks.
Confirmation Bias (I highly recommend this website. Never has such challenging concepts been put in such a clear manner before.)