How long are we not going to Admit Our Confirmation Bias?

Scenario 1:

You Have logged in Instagram, to check your feed, and just like that, fifteen minutes zaps by!

Scenario 2:

You have logged in to YouTube, and you keep on viewing the videos that are being dished out to you, endlessly just to realise that it’s already 3 am!

We All have gone through both the above scenario, especially the YouTube rabbit hole is a never-ending trap.

Now, question arises, what has these to do with confirmation bias? The quick answer is everything!

Imagine, the cave dwelling prehistoric chimp never collected fire from.

We can imagine this process might have been the most precarious and inconvenient moment of its life until then.

Now imagine if some other chimp wouldn’t have to figure out a way to light it by him/herself.

We can imagine how inconvenient the experiments would have been. It might have been marginally ostracizing as well, given prehistoric chimp society.

We would have been a part of dystopian society, tied up to a fire distributing institution.

Coming back to the moot point, we became “We” because our predecessor took the inconvenient route.

We used to look for a different route to another part of the world, just to prove a point.

The present world dishes everything to us tailor made to our preferences, to serve us better.

All the knowledge of humanity is at our fingertips, but we “decide” to stick to “random assortment of tiktok videos” in YouTube and Instagram reels.

We decide because the system learns that we like to consume those contents, and so it serves.

From the content disbursement platform standpoint, I see no fault.

They are in the business of making us spend more time on their platform so that platform can earn advertising dollars.

It is the consumer who needs to come out of this “comfort” zone of “similar” content.

This unending, disastrous cycle of confirmation bias that leads to being suffocated by “stuff” which kills the very core spark that makes us human.

We need to come out to find out the fire that our long-forgotten chimp forbearer did, he/she came out of the convenient cave, went into a perilous situation of an unknown entity and tried taming it thus giving birth to a civilization which is now regressing back.

How twitter can teach us about Absolutism

But before we go into that, What the heck is Absolutism?

Absolutism is a theory where unlimited, complete power is held by a centralized sovereign individual, with no checks or balances from any other part or person what so ever

The word Absolutism came from From Latin absolutum: which means detached, independent, and completed.

There are basically 2 types, religion where the doctrine that one’s salvation is predestined and determined solely by the will of God, uninfluenced by causes such as one’s deeds or intentions; more commonly called the doctrine of predestination.

And politics where the doctrine that a sovereign or government ought to possess absolute power over individuals and society; an older and less common term for totalitarianism.

The ancient Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle believed in a kind of Absolutism or Universalism, opposing the Moral Relativism of the Sophists.

Immanuel Kant was a prominent promoter of Moral Absolutism, and his formulation of the deontological theory of the Categorical Imperative was essentially absolutist in nature.

Moral Absolutism has been favoured historically largely because it makes the creation of laws and the upholding of the judicial system much simpler and manifested itself in outdated concepts such as the Divine Right of Kings

The most common idea of Absolutism comes in a form of monarchs who had ‘the divine right of kings,’ which derived from medieval ideas of kingship.

This claimed that monarchs held their authority directly from God, that the king in his kingdom was as God in his creation, thus giving them an extra layer of legitimacy,

In modern day we can see a specific flavour of absolutism – The Moral Absolutism

In this extrovert age of Social media, we are always Judging everyone on some standard of ethical belief and whenever there is an Ethical belief, there comes absolute standards against which moral questions can be judged, and that certain actions are right or wrong, regardless of the context of the act.

Thus, actions are inherently moral or immoral, regardless of the beliefs and goals of the individual, society or culture that engages in the actions. It holds that morals are inherent in the laws of the universe, the nature of humanity, the will of God or some other fundamental source.

The inherent problem of this so called moral judgment, though how much moral might it seems, any form of absolutism will always bring in intolerance as there will always be strong disagreements about which moral principles are correct and which are incorrect.

Reality is a dynamic, ever changing set of precepts, concepts and forms that are based on a sound and enduring set of universal principles or what can be called the structure upon which all bodies, minds and lives are formed and live.

Or in other words…

In reality, there is nothing absolute or relative for that matter.  All things are the seeds for the new things which grow from them.  And, this dynamic process continues until the end of this cycle of life and then becomes the seeds for the next new cycle of life…