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What can we do to confront our own cognitive biases?

Everyone has a world view. We each have our own point of view that has been molded by our experiences, relationships, religious backgrounds, etc.

Sometimes, when we are confronted with an opinion that is in opposition to our world view, we experience cognitive dissonance, the uncomfortable feeling that creates a wall in our mind around the beliefs that we feel define our very selves. Sometimes we are wrong and have a hard time allowing new information to be considered. Sometimes we are right, but we think so for illogical or unsupported reasons.

What techniques work for you when you deal with these cognitive barriers? Or do you believe you are infallible? Socrates said in rough translation, "I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing."

Is it reasonable to look at things from new perspectives, or should we draw a line in the sand on certain issues?

My goal is to come to a truer understanding of my world, but it is a challenge to overcome mental inertia.

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      Aug 20 2012: Wow Don, that was great! It made my day. I can't tell you how much I appreciate your sentiments. This comment has had more positive effect on my spirit than anything I've read or heard in weeks!

      Thanks again,

      Eric
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      Aug 20 2012: Don,

      I just read your profile. I am honored to get to speak with you, and I am truly grateful you have touched my life. I am going to check out your blog.

      Eric

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