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Comment: Confirmation bias (Score 1) 532

by doconnor (#49096565) Attached to: Stephen Hawking: Biggest Human Failing Is Aggression

My pick for biggest human failing would be confirmation bias or rejecting evidence not consistent with one's preexisting beliefs. It is one of the biggest impairments to rational decision making and one of the most difficult to overcome.

People trying to using aggression to impose their beliefs may be the ultimate expression of confirmation bias.

Comment: Re:Well, let's face it ... (Score 4, Interesting) 390

by doconnor (#48480169) Attached to: First Star War Episode 7 Trailer Released

Unlike most media companies, Disney takes the long view of merchandising. Anyone was can make a movie that sells merchandising for a year or so, but Disney knows that for a movie to be able to keep selling merchandise for 70+ years, like Snow White has, the movie has to have a very appealing and timeless story to it. The original trilogy has that long term appeal. That is something Disney is going to try to recapture.

Comment: Re:Redrum (Score 1) 400

Because he is booting from a LiveUSB, it gets a completely refreshed system every time he boots and the defaults are restored. It's probably not easy to change the default on the LiveUSB, especially since he, no doubt, is always optimistic he is just about to fix his main system.

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