Kurieuo wrote:What I'm saying here, is not whether you're right or wrong -- but at least see your strong bias.
Oh... I definitely acknowledge my bias. I don't disagree with you at all that I have a bias perspective on a number of issues... one of which is my personal faith in Jesus Christ.
A totally open mind is IMHO an empty mind.
I think the keys for me personally are...
1. First and foremost to be aware of my bias.
2. As much as I am able, let my bias be data driven bias.
3. Continue to reevaluate my bias as more data comes in
So when data comes in that is in conflict with my bias then I need to reevaluate the accuracy of my bias. An example of where I have reevaluated my bias is in the area of origins.
I was raised YEC and used to hold very strong YEC views. Enough Scriptural and scientific data came into conflict with my origins bias, so I reevaluated my origins position to where I am now this weird combination of young Adam, old earth progressive creationist.
However, there are other cases where the incoming data has confirmed my previous bias.
A prime example is the Birther lie. To date all the assertions of Birthirism have been demonstrated to be factually false. So admittedly I went into the Arpaio video with a skeptical eye. And the fact that the non typed content did not match in either content, location on the document, or spatial relationship with other allegedly copied content convinced me that the conclusions drawn in the Arpaio video were totally bogus.
The two links I posted that respond to the video went even further to show that spatial dissimilarities within the typed content, demonstrate that the typed content wasn't copied either, which confirmed my initial bias about the legitimacy of the conclusions drawn in the video.
Trump's claim that he was wiretapped by Obama is a similar situation.
Trump's repeated dishonesty as a candidate and President combined with his tendency to tweet stupid things when he wants to change the media narrative made me initially skeptical of his accusation. When a few days went by with no corroboration of his claim by the Administration or the intelligence committees in congress, and flat out denial by the intelligence community... well, that was enough to convince me that this wiretapping accusation was just another Trump lie.
As additional evidence comes out it will either confirm my original bias or cause me to reevaluate my bias.