Why facts don't change our minds

"Confirmation bias" is the tendency people have to embrace information that supports their beliefs and reject information that contradicts them. "Imagine a mouse that thinks the way we do. Such a mouse, “bent on confirming its belief that there are no cats around,” would soon be dinner...

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Weird, or just different?

"There's a flip side to everything". In this short Ted Talk, Derek Sivers provides a great illustration of how we view the world from different cultural perspectives. Sometimes the lifestyle in other countries can feel strange, but is it really strange? In most cases, what we perceive as being weird, strange or bizarre about another culture is in fact totally normal from their point of view. So, we should remember to be open minded and see the differences between us as fascinating and fun, rather than strange or wrong. “It’s just different!”