Confirmation bias, NARTH and the use of research

I quoted Nickerson in my prior post on confirmation bias. His article is quite good and can be reviewed here. I like this quote in the article attributed to Francis Bacon:The human understanding when it has once adopted an opinion (either as being the received opinion or as being agreeable to itself) draws all things else to support and agree with it. And though there be a greater number and weight of instances to be found on the other side, yet these it either neglects and despises, or else … [Read more...]

Who is Blagojevich's Illinois Senate Candidate 5?

It is starting to look like Jesse Jackson, Jr. is the one labeled Senate Candidate 5 in the Blago complaint. In reading the complaint (really just stunning stuff), I came to the tentative opinion that Jesse Jackson, Jr., was the guy. Jackson had met with Blago for "productive" conversations and the time frame for meetings with Jackson seemed to fit the Blago phone calls.Looking around, it appears others are coming to the same opinion. Here is a Chicago paper putting the pieces … [Read more...]

Obama and Axelrod disagree about Senate appointment conversations with Blagojevich

Jake Tapper at ABCNews raises some significant questions regarding conversations between the Obama campaign and Gov. Rod Blagojevich.Obama's statement today on the matter: "I had no contact with the governor or his office and so we were not, I was not aware of what was happening."But earlier David Axelrod said Obama had conversations with Blagojevich about possible nominations to Senate ("I know he's talked to the Governor...")Tapper writes the following after … [Read more...]

Gov. Rod Blagojevich charged with corruption and influence peddling

Everyone is reporting this story. Rather than talk about it on the citizenship lawsuit threads, let's converse here. This is a big deal with an intriguing look into another world... … [Read more...]

Psychology concept of the day: Confirmation bias

Confirmation bias - A tendency to search for information that confirms one's preconceptions.- David Myers, Social Psychology, 8th Ed., pg. 112.Confirmation bias - connotes the seeking or interpreting of evidence in ways that are partial to existing beliefs, expectations, or a hypothesis in hand.- Raymond Nickerson, Review of General Psychology, 1998No doubt all sides of recent political and public policy issues will accuse each other of engaging in confirmation bias. … [Read more...]

Berg vs. Obama: Request to submit amicus brief filed

On the Supreme Court docket for Berg vs. Obama (08-570), there is a notation that on December 1, AZ attorney Lawrence Joyce filed a request to submit an amicus brief (friend of the court) on behalf of Bill Anderson. I spoke to Mr. Joyce who said he filed this petition on behalf of Mr. Anderson because he believes there is merit to the Berg case and he believes the legal burden of proof of Obama's citizenship should be on Obama and not Berg. Berg has granted permision for the brief to be … [Read more...]

Donofrio vs Wells: Supreme Court will not review case

The Associated Press is reporting that SCOTUS will not review the Donofrio case.WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has turned down an emergency appeal from a New Jersey man who says President-elect Barack Obama is ineligible to be president because he was a British subject at birth.The court did not comment on its order Monday rejecting the call by Leo Donofrio of East Brunswick, N.J., to intervene in the presidential election. Donofrio says that since Obama had dual nationality at birth — hi … [Read more...]

Donofrio vs Wells: Obama citizenship case covered by the Chicago Tribune

Tomorrow the High Court conferences over Donofrio vs. Wells. According to reporting by James Janega of the Chicago Tribune, the case has little chance of succeeding.Legal experts say the appeal has little chance of succeeding, despite appearing on the court's schedule. Legal records show it is only the tip of an iceberg of nationwide efforts seeking to derail Obama's election over accusations that he either wasn't born a U.S. citizen or that he later renounced his citizenship in … [Read more...]