Letter to the Editor: Watching out for confirmation bias | SummitDaily.com

Letter to the Editor: Watching out for confirmation bias

Sarah Wooten

Phillip Huff, it seems you have fallen victim to the classic blunder of cherry picking a study that supports your preexisting cognitive bias. Don’t worry, we all look for things to support our current paradigm. People post a study as if it is gospel, and then use it to bring politics, name-calling and claims about who is right and who needs to admit they are wrong into the discussion – something that made this whole situation worse in the first place.

A quick search on PubMed.gov reveals studies that explore other repurposed therapies such as ivermectin for COVID-19 including a study published in Front Public Health and a study in the American Journal of Therapeutics. I could go on and list other studies, but I think you get the idea.

The main concern with your approach, my friend, is that it only includes one study. Your argument calls for blaming other people and boils down to intolerance for beliefs that don’t mirror your own, which is the opposite of diversity and inclusion, might I add.

At the root of this all, of course, is fear and a desire to protect yourself, but that will not serve us further as we continue to recover from the fear-based division and control we have all been through.

We are all trying to do what we think is best as we navigate the adventure of being human together, which is why I think you wrote that letter, but recovery starts by making room for opinions that are different than your own, refusing to lay blame on others, knowing when we are acting out of fear, and instead, choosing the high road of tolerance, curiosity, and open-mindedness.

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