“Isn’t it weird how celebrity deaths always come in threes?”
Confirmation Bias is the mistake of selecting evidence that corroborates a pet hypothesis while ignoring or neglecting evidence that would disprove it. It’s the mother of all fallacies. And the reason it persists is that it feels so right. When you’re making the mistake, the conclusion you’re drawing has that shiny, aura of truthiness to it.
Department of Philosophy
(Note: A version of this piece was published on Matt's own blog Atheism: Proving the Negative on 6.4.13)