confront our errors

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

In his blog post Forte is describing the zettelkasten note-taking method created by Niklas Luhmann and written about in detail by Sönke Ahrens in 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.


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