For person A, they have a certain set of experiences, education, knowledge and inclination and all they do is to gather information so as to support what they believe, the same is true for person B and C and D as well. They could be a scientist, they could be a philosopher, they could be a rock star....... on a personal level we all do gather information to support what we believe is to be true.
A very true and excellent point Moon. This effect is called "confirmation bias" and everybody is subject to it. It is one of those powerful hidden persueders that makes the scientific method so useful in correctly interpreting what we see around us.
I really have no idea what you are talking about here. If you are saying I derailed this thread, I do not think that is fair. This thread is full of people insulting each other and indulging in low tactics like name calling. I simply asked a question about your post. I thought I asked it in a polite & friendly way. I was certainly not trying to change the meaning of your post, and I apologize if it seemed that way.
For the record, I niether believed or disbelieved the portion of your post I quoted. It simple grabbed my atrention as an interesting concept. I thought it would make for a good discussion. Like I said, I can not think of something that fit what was being said, but I am certainly open to the possibility. At this point, I assume that no one has any tangible examples of this, and since even you have disagreed with it, I guess I have my answer.
Edited by Caniswalensis, 08 April 2010 - 09:51 AM.