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Don't Lose Sight of Those Biases

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I dip in and out of the comment threads at Judith Curry's blog. The nesting style annoys me, so I rarely follow an actual conversation all the way through. But there are some commenters, such as Joshua, Martha, and Louise, and a few others on the skeptical side, who I find quite engaging. They usually make the time worthwhile. This comment from Joshua just caught my eye. He's responding to someone who asked how he would feel if global warming didn't play out as expected:

That is a good and important question, and it is one that I have given quite a bit of thought to. In all honesty, I can't deny that at some partisan level, I will feel vindicated if AGW is definitively proven (I don't feel it has been just yet). When my better self thinks about the implications of that, I realize just how easy it is to let partisan interest, motivated reasoning, socio-centric bias, etc., distort my more rational thinking processes. And not viewing myself as particularly better or worse then your average Joe or Jane climate combatant, that is why I am astounded that so many combatants, on both sides of the debate, seem so oblivious to influences that bias their thinking as well.

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