It’s interesting to watch people respond to this this pandemic. Only recently in Ireland there was a demonstration, involving anti-mask protesters. Now, the process of this protest is what I like to look at. They talked about this idea of the mask and the pandemic, and it all being an instrument of the government to oppress us. Now I don’t necessarily think that’s true but as soon as they got that across, they started to move and link it to other things.
They believed the government was forcing you to wear a mask and to get a vaccination. He talked about evictions and corruption. This is an example of confirmation bias, people agreed with what was being said because some of it made sense, but the reality is the dots weren’t really joining very well in my mind.
They were getting a group of people that believed in part of what they were saying, and some of the parts were true, but what they were doing was generalising. When I look at someone wearing a mask and government oppression, I don’t think the two of them are linked. This is an example of confirmation bias in action. If you want to counteract this confirmation bias, you need to look and explore the opposing positions.