Denying The Fact-Checkers

By Leo Gura - September 14, 2021

The epistemic madness train rolls on:

See, the fundamental mistake here is assuming that fact-checkers are supposed to call out “both sides” equally. But this shouldn’t be the case at all if one side is lying more than the other. The problem is that when you’re on the side which lies way more, you must lie to yourself that your side lies way more. And the best way to do that is to blame the fact-checkers for being biased. This is bias projection 101: when you are blatantly biased, just blame the other person for being biased while pretending like you aren’t.

Notice how easily the mind deceives itself in this way.

Whenever you feel a knee-jerk impulse to call someone else biased, stop and ask yourself, “Could it be that this is actually my bias?” This is one of the things that distinguishes a fool from the wise. Characteristically, a fool is blind to his own biases.

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