Podcast: The Amateur Society – Confirmation Bias – 02.12.2018

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To a divided America it seems as if there is no longer any agreement on what happens from day to day let alone how it should be interpreted. Every event catalyzes multiple different sets of surrounding conclusions. We are living through a type of societal confirmation bias that is largely unprecedented. What is confirmation bias? How does it affect our thinking? Is there an effective way to understand and to escape its clutches? Will we ever move past this heightened phase, or is confirmation bias in this elevated form here to stay?

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The Amateur Society: Well, Now What?

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Amateurs,

Our regular open call will take place tonight, Monday 11/14, at 8:00pm eastern time via Skype. To join in please send us a contact request on Skype by searching for our account name amateursociety. If you have any questions or need clarification, please drop us a line on the contact page here or email us directly at amateursociety@gmail.com.

Well, now what?

After the election results were announced last week, everyone let out a sigh. For some it was a sigh of relief, while for others it was a sigh of disbelief. Cognitive dissonance levels have skyrocketed – particularly here in New York City – and as the vitriol dissipates it will be interesting to see how things play out.

What does the election of Donald Trump mean? What will happen? Will he follow through on his campaign promises?

At this point the only thing I can say for sure is that it won’t be exactly what anyone expects, but I do believe that there is a window for well thought out, peaceful activism to take place that can actually make an impact. All those who feel trodden down by the system have a unique opportunity to unify and to make a difference. Lord know that some of the problems we now face appear insurmountable, but maybe – just maybe – we’re looking at a ‘darkest before the dawn’ phase.

I hope and pray that it doesn’t get much darker…

Bring your questions to our open forum and join us for another lively meeting of The Amateur Society. We look forward to having you with us. Stay safe and God bless!

-Steven

Summer Doldrums – 2016 Edition

We have an issue with timelines and attention spans.

When an event happens on the global financial and geopolitical stage and the official narrative is framed, those who question the narrative are brushed aside or even shouted down. Then, when evidence surfaces months and years later that undermines the original narrative those who originally propagated a false story can simply put out a minor release correcting the record. The initial narrative is already set. Even a revelation that the initial narrative was completely and utterly wrong to the point of being the exact opposite of the truth post facto doesn’t matter. The general populace has already framed their beliefs and opinions based on the false reports or claims and will only in rare circumstances bother to adjust to new information. It’s just too difficult to keep track of things.

We’re walking the plank because we outsourced our critical thinking to our information outlet of choice. Millions of Americans haven’t been instructed in proper critical thinking. Otherwise we wouldn’t see people willing to embrace multiple beliefs simultaneously that are overtly and obviously contradictory.

But I digress…

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Venezuela Is Important

In our world of attention spans measured in nanoseconds and exponentially increasing torrents of information to process we tend to take shortcuts. In America, this cognitive laziness can manifest in various ways. One overarching tendency is to declare anything international – or even outside our own individual spheres of influence – as irrelevant. Once that distinction is made, we can justify our apathy and lack of concern with any variety of excuses. For those with eyes to see and ears to hear: what is happening in Venezuela is important.

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