The Devil's Advocate

March 26, 2018
In a world awash in data, you'd think it would be relatively easy to make informed, objective decisions. But not if you only see what you want to see.

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On this episode of Choiceology with Dan Heath, we look at the tendency to favor information that confirms pre-existing beliefs.

  • The episode begins in Europe in the 16th century, with a secret debate about sainthood, and then moves to a harrowing story of crime and punishment in contemporary America.
  • Neuroscientist Tali Sharot explains the biological roots of this bias, and how it is actually a fundamentally useful mental shortcut. Her book is called The Influential Mind.
  • Dean Gillispie is now listed with the National Registry of Exonerations.
  • Mark Godsey's book on his experience advocating for Dean Gillispie is called Blind Injustice.

Choiceology is an original podcast from Charles Schwab.

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