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Overcoming Confirmation Bias

April 19th, 2010 by Mark Wigfield - Spokesman, Omnibus Broadband Initiative.

Prepared remarks by Blair Levin at the roundtable discussion on the National Broadband Plan sponsored by the Columbia Institute for Teleinformation (CITI) and the New York Law School Media Center, April 19, 2010.

The path of progress, whether for an individual or a society, depends on the destruction of confirmation bias.

Confirmation bias is the tendency for people to interpret information in a way that confirms their existing beliefs.

But as Williams College Math Professor Edward Burger observed, all education—and in a broad sense, all innovation--only occurs when one sees a series of facts in the light of a new pattern.

[Read the full speech here.]

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