The real enemy of independent thinking is not any external authority, but our own inertia. We need to find ways to counteract confirmation bias –- our tendency to take into account only information that confirms what we already believe. We need to regularly confront our errors, mistakes, and misunderstandings.
– Tiago Forte fortelabs.co/blog/how-to-take-smart-notes
I understand this tendency — to only notice ideas and information that confirm what we already think — to be a fundamental problem in any research process that is interested in the pursuit of truth.