By now, you’re probably familiar with the “I believe you” meme that has become an Internet meme in recent years.
Its primary target is an alleged “system of oppression” by the so-called “elites,” whose “own biases” are so extreme that they are capable of influencing how the masses believe and act.
The meme has become so popular that the hashtag #IStandWithMe has already been used more than 100,000 times on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.
Yet in reality, the meme isn’t all that effective in combating the so called “system.”
In fact, it has a far more destructive effect than you might think.
In fact, the meme actually perpetuates confirmation bias and is a form of confirmation bias, a mental process that is used to strengthen one’s beliefs.
The process begins by the subconsciously identifying something as false, or potentially false, and then placing that belief in your mind and brain, where it is reinforced, or reinforced by the environment around you, until the belief is firmly established.
The same thing happens with our biases and beliefs.
When our brains interpret something as true, it reinforces our bias.
As the meme continues to spread and we see this happening in all sorts of ways, it starts to look like confirmation bias is really just a brain-based problem, and not really a problem of the brain.
So what are the dangers?
The biggest danger to confirmation bias stems from how often it happens.
If you’re a self-described skeptic, it can be difficult to tell whether you are or aren’t being influenced by the meme, but the truth is that you can easily spot the influence from the other side of the conversation, and the result can be a lot of self-doubt and a lot less confidence in your own abilities.
For example, in this video from the National Skeptics Society , you can see that I’m one of those people who’s always questioning my own ability to properly analyze data.
I often feel like I have to rely on intuition, and this seems like a natural way to go in order to get an accurate grasp on the issues, and to evaluate a given hypothesis.
However, this type of questioning can easily lead to self-delusion.
If someone asks you a question about a topic and you then immediately think you know the answer to that question, you may believe you do know the right answer, even though you know that you don’t.
In fact that’s what happens with confirmation bias.
As the meme propagates, more and more people who have no prior knowledge of a particular issue start to doubt their own abilities, and that makes them less confident in their own ability.
When you have a lot more people questioning their own capacity to think critically and critically evaluate evidence, that’s a recipe for disaster.
And that’s precisely what’s happening in the United States.
The problem is that there is a lot we don’t know about how the United States is experiencing climate change.
In addition to the lack of accurate and complete information about the climate, there’s also a huge gap between the information being provided to the public and what actually exists in the climate science literature.
As a result, many scientists and policy makers, including many prominent politicians, are skeptical of the consensus of the scientific community on climate change, and often rely on peer-reviewed papers, rather than the best available information, to reach their conclusions.
And as we get closer to the tipping point, there will likely be more people like me who are skeptical about our own ability and capabilities to understand the climate system, and who are more likely to be driven by doubt about our ability to do so.
Confirmation bias is also a form that is very common in cognitive dissonance, a form where people feel uncomfortable with the opposite view, but cannot bring themselves to admit they are wrong about it.
This is a mental disorder where the belief that you are right doesn’t matter, because you are so sure of yourself.
For instance, if you’re on the fence about whether or not to vote for Donald Trump, you’ll often feel that you’re wrong about this because you’ve been taught to believe that your beliefs about him are so reliable and valid that he should be elected president.
So while the meme may seem like an effective tool to combat confirmation bias in our society, it’s actually a powerful tool for perpetuating confirmation bias itself.
As scientists have long known, we humans are highly susceptible to confirmation biases, and they’re often subconsciously reinforced by our social and professional environments.
If we were able to stop confirmation bias from being a part of our daily lives, it would be a huge step forward in improving the way we think and act, and helping to curb the effects of climate change on our health and our planet.
But that’s not what we’re doing.
Instead, we’re reinforcing confirmation bias ourselves.