COGNITIVE BIAS or BRAINWASHING?

 

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A cognitive bias is a pattern of deviation in judgement, whereby inferences of other people and situations may be drawn in an illogical fashion.

It occurs when someone makes up their reality through a lens held up by another.  This can result in clinical anxiety disorders and elevated level of anxiety vulnerability.  At one extreme this can mean a sinister attempt at brain-washing, but at the other, it can be a genuine misrepresentation through ignorance or an innocent wish to create a magical experience to children like the tooth fairy or Father Christmas.

Cognitive biases can be controlled by encouraging individuals to use controlled processing compared to automatic processing (unquestioning acceptance of information), we expect children to realise there is no Father Christmas when they observe their parents creeping into their bedrooms with their presents.  In other words, they must learn to make their own judgements by observing through their own first-hand experience and an open-minded quest for truth

Could an example of cognitive bias be illustrated by religious organisations who tell their members (or followers) how to live their lives according to arbitrary rules dictated to them by an omnipresent, omniscient, all powerful deity?

 

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