Blog Archives for October 2013

Confirmation Bias and Expectations Influencing Perceptions: A Micro-Case Study

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
October 23, 2013

As a skeptical investigator with a degree in psychology, I often encounter (and discuss) people whose expectations have colored their perceptions. We often see what we expect to see, whether it's there or not. Of course everyone does it, including me. Here's a personal account of my recent experience.

German ‘Wild Boy’ Sentenced for Fraud

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
October 03, 2013

In 2011 a young man wandered into a German police station and told office workers, "I'm all alone in the world, I don't know who I am. Please help me."