according to http://www.answers.com, disconfirmation bias refers to the tendency for people to extend critical scrutiny to information which contradicts their prior beliefs and accept uncritically information that is congruent with their prior beliefs.
I believe we are all guilty of this. We all look to information to confirm our beliefs and thoughts on anything and everything, but the minute something comes into the flow that could possibly negate what we think...what do we do?! we call it absurd, on in the slightest regard we justify it...we turn it around to being positive remarks toward our 'prior belief'.
my motto: assume nothing until it is confirmed...the fault in this theory; however, is the lack of faith...in order to truly embrace a concept, we must have faith in it's existence...that turns me around to faith...faith is "the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen."...what stands out to me...'substance of things hoped for.'...hope...what is that...it's a desire...a forethought, so to speak, of what's expected to be fulfilled...so in an essence our hope is our belief. so does that come around full circle...in believing, we attempt to confirm that which we believe, yet in relying upon confirmation, we leave out faith with is important in establishing what you do believe, and part of faith is hoping...hoping for something with great expectation of it's fulfillment or a belief...so do we believe in a hopeful faith-induced expectation?
what do we believe?
oh the ramblings of my mind...