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Confirmation Bias/Cognitive Dissonance

Peace Corps: The Blind Men and the Elephant

A folk tale from India that teaches intercultural awareness by illustrating how different perspectives lead to distinct points of view.

TED: The danger of a single story

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

TEDed: Plato’s Allegory of the Cave - Alex Gendler

Twenty four hundred years ago, Plato, one of
history’s most famous thinkers, said life is like being chained up in a
cave forced to watch shadows flitting across a stone wall. Beyond
sounding quite morbid, what exactly did he mean? Alex Gendler
unravels Plato's Allegory of the Cave, found in Book VII of The Republic.

TEDed: Why Facts Don't Convince People (and what you can do about it)

Humans aren't rational creatures, but the folks at 'Social Good Now' have some ideas for what we can do about it.

Newseum: Confronting Confirmation Bias

Students consider how confirmation bias and motivated reasoning shape the way we respond to evidence presented in news and opinion pieces.

NYTimes: Biased News Media or Biased Readers? An Experiment on Trust

Those who are most distrustful of the news media, and those with more extreme political views, tend to be the most biased readers, research shows.

Newseum: Confronting Confirmation Bias

Students consider how confirmation bias and motivated reasoning shape the way we respond to evidence presented in news and opinion pieces.