Overcome your brain’s prejudice in the Comey / Trump case
June 7, 2017, 6:21 pm by Sam Wang
Our brains have strong biases that help us maintain a coherent worldview. However, sometimes such biases prevent us from integrating well with new evidence. Nice weather liberate, release, free of former FBI director James Comey provides an example. Most people read on the left and right see it as strong evidence that President Trump had tried to obstruct justice, or at the very least, had improperly attempted to influence Comey. But some Trump defenders do not see it that way.
One powerful trick for overcoming prejudice is “consider the opposite“: Imagine the same story, but reversed in some important way. That might make the evidence look quite different.
In this case, here’s how it works. Assume that you are a Republican voter. Therefore, your sympathy may naturally lie in Trump. In that case, imagine that Comey’s statement has nothing to do with Donald Trump, but Barack Obama. In that case it would look like this:
Think about it as you find your reaction to the evidence.