Bias Bingo: How Cognitive Bias Generates Belief

Bias Bingo: How Cognitive Bias Generates Belief

This video presents a case study of a typical (in fact, randomly selected) talk from the LDS General Conference. Throughout the talk, we pick out textbook bases of psychological manipulation, and show how they are used to instill ill-founded beliefs into the audience. This demonstration represents how virtually all religious beliefs are generated. Basic human cognitive bias is brazenly exploited, while objective skepticism is frowned upon or ignored. Because the entire process is inherently manipulative and dishonest, such activity only serves as evidence against the integrity of religious beliefs. All video of Dallin Oaks is taken WITHOUT permission from www.lds.org, and used under the criticism clause of the Fair Use Act. If the owners of this material wish me to remove it, please contact me. This video is provided copyright free for educational purposes only. You may freely download it and copy it.

Author: Darek Prochaska Class: Psychology 100 Assignment: Final Project School: Metropolitan State University Instructor: Michael Earhart, MA, LP Due Date: 12/16/07


49 Comments so far »

  1. overlordfombax said,

    Wrote on March 22, 2012 @ 5:12 pm

    Wow. Very, very well done.

  2. mjn132 said,

    Wrote on March 22, 2012 @ 6:11 pm

    7:20 Hey, my mother is not filthy!

  3. mjn132 said,

    Wrote on March 22, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

    7:20 Hey, my mother is not filthy!

  4. meaninter03 said,

    Wrote on March 22, 2012 @ 6:55 pm

    @jasontrevorhaye And why do you need belief? Also, belief doesn’t represent a single thing- you can believe your friends’ claims, ’cause they’re your friend, you can believe your politicians aren’t lying to you, you can believe the sun’s gonna rise tomorrow morning, or you can believe that an invisible creature’s gonna torment you after you’re dead. Not the same belief at all.

  5. cbl2988 said,

    Wrote on March 22, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

    More bias bingo! More psychology of belief!

  6. AntiCitizenX said,

    Wrote on March 22, 2012 @ 8:14 pm

    @jasontrevorhaye

    ” it isnt completly wrong”

    Then by all means, prove God to us. Demonstrate the veracity of the LDS church. Do that thing that no sincere academic or scientific inquiry has ever been able to do. Many clever men before you tried and all of them have failed without exception. Maybe this is your chance to win a Nobel prize. But for Pete’s sake, do so with an honest, intellectual discipline. Don’t just use crappy arguments and blanket assertions.

  7. jasontrevorhaye said,

    Wrote on March 22, 2012 @ 8:49 pm

    @Niveous23 which is what everything else is accepted because nobody knew anything else

  8. jasontrevorhaye said,

    Wrote on March 22, 2012 @ 9:25 pm

    @AntiCitizenX it isnt completly wrong

  9. Niveous23 said,

    Wrote on March 22, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

    @jasontrevorhaye what’s left is everything that is supported objectively anywhere on the scale of very strong to plausible but weak. That’s a lot.

  10. cindybin2001 said,

    Wrote on March 22, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

    @jordie0bogart I’m a convert to the Mormon church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints). I’ve been a member for over 30 years and can’t imagine being a member of any other church.

  11. ThePTB said,

    Wrote on March 22, 2012 @ 10:23 pm

    It makes no sense to me how this video has existed since 2008 and only has almost 17k views. This is an excellent video.

  12. jordie0bogart said,

    Wrote on March 22, 2012 @ 11:05 pm

    @cindybin2001 I’m glad you know it’a all fairy tale fiction! There are a lot of morons/idiots who think otherwise! It’s mind boggling actually… lol It’s hard to believe in this day and age that people are actually stupid enough to believe that crap.. you know?

  13. stiimuli said,

    Wrote on March 22, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

    “The whole point of that pesky scientific evidence is to prevent us from lying to ourselves”

    Very well put. With your permission I’d like to use this phrase in the future =)

  14. HeilLoki said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 12:00 am

    Thumps up for MORE BiasBingo from AntiCitizenX!!!

  15. AntiCitizenX said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 12:04 am

    @jasontrevorhaye

    Believe nothing. Search for the truth. Accept the principle of “I don’t know.” I don’t care. For the crying out loud, don’t believe something that is obviously WRONG!

  16. jasontrevorhaye said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 12:55 am

    if every religion does cognitive bias does that meant theyre all wrong then whats there left to believe

  17. jasontrevorhaye said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 1:31 am

    why should we be worldly in not include our beliefs in who we are

  18. MultiMooseProduction said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 2:02 am

    @AntiCitizenX

    Yeah, I just started reading the Bible and Book of Mormon, and so far I’ve been pretty surprised that people read them and continue to take them seriously.

  19. ThePTB said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 2:04 am

    @cindybin2001 Wow, you’re still trolling atheist videos unsuccessfully? I applaud your resilience.

  20. Pinepelt said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 2:37 am

    @cindybin2001 “Because he was a horrible, horrible person, that’s why. That’s what you want to hear, right?” Actually no. I would love to know that what he claimed happened really did–the church was a bastion of safety and comfort for me. With my loss of faith in JS I’ve quite literally lost that. But, cindybin, I know two things are true: The truth will set you free, and Truth hurts like hell. Study the history of Joseph Smith–UNsanitized for maximum truth.

  21. cindybin2001 said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 3:36 am

    @cbl2988 Yeah, you’re right. 

  22. cbl2988 said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 4:14 am

    @cindybin2001 BTW, most missionaries don’t even know what the hell they are talking about. Most active members don’t know either. 5M/14M=36%. Your church gets a failing grade. It is failing.

  23. cbl2988 said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 4:22 am

    @cindybin2001 Me neither. That is why I am an atheist. I realized that all God claims haven’t met their burden of proof, so I don’t believe any of them.

  24. cindybin2001 said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 5:04 am

    @cbl2988 Well that’s good. I’m sorry you dropped out of the church. But I can’t imagine being a member of any other church.

  25. doctorfarrukhiqbal said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 5:40 am

    THANX SIR
    

  26. 21aziz said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 5:44 am

    I understand what you saying and yes I’ve learnt something from you, but i think we still need to know more things about our brain, mind, and the full body etc, so my point is if you really look at our body and everything setup that says We HAVE BEEN Created BY some 1, we all have got creator, hu created every life we see in this small world, 4 hu does not knw! Our brain is unlimited, u can put da whole world into ur brain but it will only take it tiny space of ur our brain. Peace

  27. beefy32 said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 6:35 am

    He forgot one very important point after 100 years of research and millions of dollars in research we still do not know where memories are stored or located and the same goes for consciousness.

  28. billyrowe0064 said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 7:16 am

    If you keep rehearsing it, it’s only being stored short-term. You should have said that. It’s called maintenance rehearsal. Until you stop rehearsing it, you won’t know it later. Say you need to remember these numbers. 123498765. Yeah, you can keep saying it, but until you think deeper, you can always remember. I made this number up from scratch and found a VERY good way or remembering it. 123456789
    4+5 is nine. So go up to 1234 and then 98765. One you reach 4, say what’s 4+5? Oh 9! 98765

  29. xthorpyx said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 7:17 am

    @darekpro It’s weird thinking that people may one day be able to “upgrade” their brains accuratly, but…i wouldn’t have thought that with some dead sea creatures, some fire, some sand and some metal, we’d be able to send information through air and capture information, turning them into videoes and then talk to someone on the other side of the world. hehe

  30. darekpro said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 7:30 am

    @joroma77 yeah, I am all about exploring ways to enhance this. Traditionally in my life I have been horrible at taking tests, studying and reading but after 6+ years of night classes and proper nutrition I feel I have made some recognizable improvements in my congnitive ability to read faster, retain more and perform better on tests.  just my experience anyway.

  31. darekpro said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 8:03 am

    @steppydanl yeah, I love that pic.

  32. darekpro said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    @Ruby396 not so, mind hacks work.  you can train your brain to work better through better nourishment and vitimins.

  33. darekpro said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 8:57 am

    @xthorpyx I’ve heard a little about new interesting ways on using floatation tank therapy to enhance the brains ability to concentrate and learn new things while meditating. reminds me of the matrix and learning kung-fu or something.

  34. Mettwurst1stGott said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 9:47 am

    i’m fucking stupid.

  35. Luckychap1 said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 10:37 am

    Great! Like it! keep posting.

  36. xxHockeyMonkey92xx said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    @joroma77 Yes, i believe you are correct too. Memories that are not wanted or need are placed into subconsciousness. It is very hard to reach them once they are there. For example, muscle memory is simply the retrieval of information previously learned and applied with greater efficiency.

  37. sacr3 said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    but -how- does the brain store information? I mean how do we remember an event from when we were 5 when we’re 50? A memory was stored for 45 years, where? how? Fact is, we don’t know. No one knows atm how memory is actually stored in the brain. We know how to enhance or access it more efficiently, but unfortunately thats it.

  38. xthorpyx said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    Imagine the point where humans fully understand the brain…i wonder how much it’d cost to have a couple new languages installed

  39. Ruby396 said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 12:31 pm

    @richradtylr4 eww, stupid. im a girl.

  40. richradtylr4 said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 1:06 pm

    @Ruby396 eww, you’re gay.

  41. OMGITSDRJESUS said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    @joroma77 Who is the one to say that they were asleep in the first place? Just asking.. I know nothing of this.

  42. steppydanl said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    simpson with a puny brain XD

  43. joroma77 said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

    There are people who can remember everything that’s happened in their lives. So the problem isn’t loss of memory, the problem is how to retrieve the memories. And of course, there must ways to improve this. Acupuncture might be a way, since your brain is attached to nerves in, for example, your foot, and stimulation might awaken pathways to memories.

  44. joroma77 said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

    I believe everything you sense and experience is recorded in the memory bank. Some memories are less valuable so they are placed subordinately. There has been experiments where a person has, through stimulation, in their mind, been taken back to a certain sequence of their past and the memory is crystal clear. The smell, details, everything. With age you build up a complex network of memories that can be hard to sort through. Memory doesn’t fade thru time, but it can go beyond conscious reach.

  45. TheZoelzer2 said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

    hahaha u used homer simpson.

  46. Android369 said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

    Your voice went slightly higher at 3.04. I hope you weren’t distracted, darek.

  47. QFaWaZQ1 said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

    All your answers are just in one book, in fact, this book is just not yet well understood

    We just need to understand it well.

    ** if you didn’t know about which book I’m talking about then this is a bigger problem because you’re so lost!!

    QURAN, is the best book, don’t Judge it now, just get to know it then Judge

  48. IronCladVlad said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

    @2012rurede mercyful is the correct interpretation, you are thinking of another line of thought guy. what yuo said is germane to lovecrafts quote but it’s going the opposite way, which is wrong. read his book and you know what i mean

  49. Oneworld87 said,

    Wrote on March 23, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    @AYNSVPH This. Repetition is somewhat invalid when we factor in the ability of autistic individuals.

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