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.

  • We can’t see past our biases without a sense of curiosity.
  • Are you willing to learn something new or be wrong about something you believe?
  • Bias comes from predetermined beliefs about the present, but with help, we can be unbiased about a specific topic for a short period of time.

“Are you curious?” 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 must be aware of the difference between wanting to see what is, and 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.

  • Being unbiased requires taking the Robot out of the driver's seat and spending energy on Logic.
  • It causes logic errors when we defend the familiar or satisfying emotion.
  • We must understand how much time and energy being unbiased requires.

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. 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.

  • What do you want to see?
  • Are you hoping for confirmation of what you currently believe to be true?
  • Being unbiased requires being open to different or competing information.

Bias is hard to see, but it is easier to identify what you want to be right about – which is bias.

We can then keep in mind that we overvalue the things we want to be right about – our bias – and prevent confirmation bias.

Confirmation bias often disguises itself as curiosity. We think we are looking for what’s true, when we are actually looking to protect the familiar zone.

  • What sources are you basing your decision on?
  • Who are you basing your decision on?
  • Being unbiased requires challenging what is thought to be true and listening to diverse and/or expert sources.

Deciding on what – and on whom – you will base your decision can help you be more unbiased.

  • 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 who just agrees with you?
  • Do you have a diversity of sources?

How diverse are your sources? If 4 out of 5 experts agree on something, and you agree with the 5th, you must have strong evidence to support that decision.

Is this based on facts or opinion? We often have to make decisions without having all the facts, 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.