Wednesday 9 May 2018
1 Wikipedia tells us that:
Bias is prejudice in favour of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way considered to be unfair.
Biases can be learned implicitly within cultural contexts. People may develop biases toward or against an individual, an ethnic group, a sexual or gender identity, a nation, a religion, a social class, a political party, theoretical paradigms and ideologies within academic domains, or a species. Biased means one-sided, lacking a neutral viewpoint, or not having an open mind. Bias can come in many forms and is related to prejudice and intuition.
In science and engineering, a bias is a systematic error. Statistical bias results from an unfair sampling of a population, or from an estimation process that does not give accurate results on average.
Now let’s be honest about my bias
Every time I disagree with someone on Facebook I’m accused of being biased. “No,” I say to these people of the right of politics, it’s just an opinion I have. They normally deliver their own particular kind of bias with a venom not uttered in polite company. So much so that I have extracted myself from the web of thoughtless bias they weave.
Music has always held a special place in my heart. I have a collection of over 600 CDs and 150 live concert DVDs. I play piano (badly) and have composed a number of songs. I have no bias to any particular genre of music and appreciate it all.
Books are like children to me and I have a family of hundreds. I treat them with a fatherly love but I show no bias or favour to any. I have read the political thoughts of Hasluck, Menzies, Howard and Costello and many others on the right. Again my reading has no bias. Fiction and text books comfortably interchange.
In the AFL I support two teams, so I could hardly be called biased. And I have played a variety of sports.
But what we are talking about here is ‘political bias.’ So what is political bias?
I would say it is either “an inability or unwillingness to want to understand an opposing point of view.”
In my defence on that count I plead not guilty. I have studied conservative ideology and rejected it. I have studied current conservative policy from climate change to the NBN, and rejected it all. Not because of any biased view, but rather because I have studied each on its merits. A biased person rejects everything out of hand and is incapable of objective reasoning. Anyway, I will let others judge. Who knows, next thing someone will say I’m a communist and that Karl Marx’s grave is a communist plot.
In my writing I constantly place the state of our democracy before any allegiance to Labor and the left. However, it would be correct to say that I favour the political philosophy of the left. I find it has more emotion than the right, and more soul. If that be my bias, then I plead guilty.
2 The Poll Bludger: Essential Research: 53-47 to Labor:
Labor maintains its existing lead in the latest Essential poll, despite improving perceptions on the outlook for the economy.
My thought for the day
“Question everything. What you see, what you feel, what you hear and what you are told until you understand the truth of it. Faith is the residue of things not understood and can never be a substitute for fact.”
PS: If I’m biased, let me know.