a tendency to search for or interpret new information in a way that confirms one's preconceptions and avoids information and interpretations which contradict prior beliefs. It is a type of cognitive bias and represents an error of inductive inference, or as a form of selection bias toward confirmation of the hypothesis under study or disconfirmation of an alternative hypothesis. Confirmation bias is of interest in the teaching of critical thinking, as the skill is misused if rigorous critical scrutiny is applied only to evidence challenging a preconceived idea but not to evidence supporting it.The Students on Ice Expedition aims to take 65 international students and 30 scientists on a 17 day journey around the Arctic.
Coordinator Zoe Caron writes "never before has an expedition been so altered by climate change" and proceeds to describe how weather has affected their itinerary and logistics. Fog developed when temperatures dropped. Ice blocked the ship's route. The daily itinerary has changed and changed again. It's because of Climate Change.
Ms Caron is a co-author of Global Warming for Dummies. For some reason I find this funny. And profoundly sad.