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Discussion 2 to Talk Back 104
Confirmation Bias

by: JT

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Julia:

Thank you for taking the time to write an article for us.

To me, your seeing God as looking after your minor problems is an example of confirmation bias. The Wikipedia opens its discussion of this with:

Confirmation bias is a tendency of people to favor information that confirms their beliefs...

You have a belief in a God that looks after your needs, and thus you see your God behind everyday events that affect you. Of course, the argument can be turned around to suggest that non-believers don't see God helping them just because their disbelief prevents them from seeing him.

But still, I think you are reading too much into everyday life.

I suggest your experience with the shampoo, for example, carries a message other than the one you take out of it. You don't really need to use so much shampoo. Instead of two sachets for every washing, you should make one sachet last through two washings. That will be easier on your pocketbook, easier on the environment, and possibly easier on your hair.

Whether that's a message from God, or simply a message from a nubbin of shampoo, I'll leave as an open question.

But seriously - do you think God really cares about the minor annoyances we encounter in life. If so, this image from the web provides an opposing view.

Where's your God now?