Myside Bias

Been exploring a few ‘new to Granny’ ideas … Like ‘Confirmation bias’ … sometimes called ‘confirmatory bias’ or ‘myside bias’…
Why new? Many, many years ago Granny tried to get her wee brain around all that statistical stuff but she never could understand any of it so she just left it all up to greater minds than her own. Then, in this new modern … Errr … Sorry … OK … if you insist … Post-modern … Whatever that might mean …

Anyway here and now Granny sits trying to determine who knows what about Guaranteed Annual Income and why we don’t have it because to Granny it is the only sensible solution.

What does all this have to do with something called ‘Confirmation Bias’
Granny has only the very vaguest of ideas. Is she infected with this peculiar little bug, do you suppose? Is that why she is having such difficulty finding good solid proof that GAI is not a great idea?

Granny sighs as she tries her best to understand the finer points of the research.

Maybe the truth is right there, plain as that hairy mole on Granny’s face. Maybe she just needs a new pair of glasses.

Economics! Oh dearie me … Granny knows nothing about such arcane subjects … Ask Juliet … No no not that Juliet … The Juliet who … Oh … She died, did she? In 1978? At age 70? Well, I’m sure she still would have had a few good years ahead of her … Sigh … Guess they just don’t make Grannies like they used to …
Papers? Did she leave papers? Did she!

Health? on Granny knows absolutely nothing about Health either. All she can do is be amazed at all those wonder drugs … So many wonder drugs that a person needs a good plan to manage them, these days. Used to be … there were not so many diseases. Lots of traits that TLC pretty much took care of.

Wonder whether that Myside bias has anything to do with all those interesting but sometimes silly conversations parents have about whether the kid inherits a trait … Or a disease … You know … “She gets it from my side” or maybe “He gets it from your side” … And who really cares except the drug company that funds the … Oh … Did you not know! Research … Clinical trials … That sort of thing … Oh yes in Canada too … The “Made in USA” label? Does anyone really read those labels anymore? … Especially when you can get all those free drugs.

The environment! What could the environment possibly have to do with traits or disease? Your job? What you eat? Don’t be so silly.


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