The US Presidential Election 2016 was the Ultimate Lesson in Confirmation Bias

I’ll admit it right off the bat: out of two pretty piss poor choices for president of the United States, I would have voted for Hillary Clinton. Not because Clinton was some paragon of virtue, honesty, and integrity, but because she was – in my opinion – the lesser of two evils. One candidate was secretive, sly, and carried decades of political baggage that featured many, many skeletons in the closet. The other candidate was an openly racist, misogynistic, megalomaniac who seemed to amplify and provide a voice for the shitty side of humanity. Both had their flaws. My opinion was one had deeper flaws than the other. The greatest takeaway from this election, especially if you were not a Donald Trump supporter, is just how easily so many people got sucked into a circle jerk inside an echo chamber.

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Mental Model: LIFEMORTS

Interrupting your regularly scheduled broadcast of my monotone voice reading out Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholders letter from 1977 onward (find 1977 here and 1978 here) – which got interrupted, first by a weekend of intense video gaming with a friend visiting from out of town and then by Father’s Day, but should be back on track starting this weekend with 1979 almost fully recorded – I recently finished Why We Snap: Understanding the Rage Circuit in Your Brain by Douglas Fields and I wanted to try something slightly ambitious: connect the main concept of the acronym LIFEMORTS from the book into the Trump phenomenon. Bloody hell that sentence was the length of a paragraph. My sentences seem to get longer and longer with each passing year out of school.

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