Sunday, November 18, 2012

How Closure Works

I've written before about epistemic closure.  Think of it like mad cow disease but instead of cow being fed cow, it's one belief system feeding on its own information and rejecting all outside information.  The way it works is, you have a belief, you get people to tell you what you want to hear and reject people who tell you things you don't want to hear.  Two things will likely happen:  People with new information will stop coming to you and you will stop inviting people with opposing views into your information circle.  If you want to see it in action, just watch the video clip attached to this article.

The result is increasing ignorance which feeds more ignorance to the point where you are very confident that you are right when you are, in fact, very wrong.

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