Bias Bingo: How Cognitive Bias Generates Belief

This video presents a case study of a typical (in fact, randomly selected) talk from the LDS General Conference. Throughout the talk, we pick out textbook bases of psychological manipulation, and show how they are used to instill ill-founded beliefs into the audience.

This demonstration represents how virtually all religious beliefs are generated. Basic human cognitive bias is brazenly exploited, while objective skepticism is frowned upon or ignored. Because the entire process is inherently manipulative and dishonest, such activity only serves as evidence against the integrity of religious beliefs.

All video of Dallin Oaks is taken WITHOUT permission from, and used under the criticism clause of the Fair Use Act. If the owners of this material wish me to remove it, please contact me.

This video is provided copyright free for educational purposes only. You may freely download it and copy it.

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Comment by Idaho Spud on September 3, 2011 at 8:17am

Love it!    I'm constantly amazed at how incredibly stupid many 'smart' people are, like Dallin H. Oaks.

This may be the best video I've seen on the subject.   When I hear most of these biases and fallacies I recognize their stupidity, although I don't know the official name of the bias or fallacy.  It would probably be a good thing for me to learn their names, so I'm going to watch this video periodically and educate myself.


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