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When contradictory data sets map to the same conclusion, you're being fooled, or fooling yourself

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UdaraW
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re: When contradictory data sets map to the same conclusion, you're being fooled, or fooling yourself
UdaraW   8/4/2010 11:02:39 PM
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I think this has something to do with human nature. We, humans beings, can with remarkable ease, bend the head to suit the heart or bend the emotions to suit the rational decisions. This happens in both ways; heart overrunning the mind and mind overrunning the heart. Therefore, I feel, this process of reaching the same conclusion from two contradictory data sets is not something that people do purposefully all the time. True, we have our fair share of crooks and fact-benders in the engineering industry. Yet, we can not deny that there is an unconscious justification process taking place inside the human mind, and I feel, is part of being human. True, from an engineering perspective, at times, this leads us to ridiculous predicaments. However, I feel that in a biological sense this ability to bend our perception has been pivotal in the survival of the human race. Think of the state of a mind that a new-bornsí mother would feel when the newborn bay dies of an illness in those far off times. Had she refused to mother any more off-spring? Similar case, how an orphan who has witnessed both its parents being ripped off by saber-toothed leopards would survive to adulthood. The child erased the horrific memories and embraced the reality that there was. The ability to condition emotional state to suit the rational reality, and the ability to believe what we would emotionally like to believe, is one would feel contributed to growth of human race, human civilization and culture. So in way, it is not all bad.

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re: When contradictory data sets map to the same conclusion, you're being fooled, or fooling yourself
Silicon_Smith   8/3/2010 7:09:17 PM
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This article reminds me of the Orwellian world of "1984". How everything is double-speak.. how they were at war and were friends with the same nation at once.. ahh the dystopian world that the author created resembles our world in so many aspects. Just turn to any media and one would realise. Big Brother is watching!!

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