Bias comes from predetermined beliefs about the present.
We can be Unbiased about a specific topic, for a short period of time, with help.
It causes Logic Errors when we defend the familiar or satisfying emotion.
Being Unbiased requires being open to different or even competing information.
This is an easier question to answer than “are you biased?” It’s easier to identify when we feel curious and when we don’t. We can’t see past our biases without a genuine sense of curiosity. We have to be careful to tell the difference between truly wanting to see what is vs looking for information that validates what we want to see.
It’s difficult to see our bias because we don’t think our bias is a bias. If you don’t feel curious, bias is in charge and your Robot will protect the familiar zone. Are you willing to learn something new or be wrong about something you believe? Being Unbiased starts with knowing that you are biased and being willing to challenge it.
Are you being creative or protective? It is very difficult to challenge our bias when triggered into Protection mode. If you are triggered, it’s time to deploy the be Resilient objective first.
We simply do not have the time or mental energy to constantly question our thinking.
The Robot usually drives, which means most of your thinking is based on bias, or past conditioning. Usually, it works just fine, or our lives would be a mess. We have to pick and choose when to spend our limited Logic energy.
Use this answer to determine how much time you will devote to this.
Again, bias is hard to see, but it is easier to identify what you want to be right about, which is your bias.
We can then keep in mind that we may overvalue this and prevent doing some confirmation bias.
Confirmation bias often disguises itself as curiosity because we think we are looking for what’s true when we are actually looking to protect the familiar zone.
What are your sources? Are you the right source? Is it time to collaborate? Are you listening to someone who knows more than you or that just agrees with you? Do you have a diversity of sources?
How diverse are your sources? If 4 out of 5 experts agree, and you are going with the 5th, there needs to be strong evidence.
Is this based on facts or opinion? We often have to make decisions without all the facts at hand, but we should seek out as many facts as possible and know the difference between what is known to be true and what is thought to be true.