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Thursday, February 13, 2014

My Own Confirmation Bias

Confirmation bias is an ugly thing; it calcifies our thought processes and perpetuates harmful stereotypes. Confirmation bias makes us smug and certain, replacing reason with self-righteousness.

That being said, what is up with drivers of BMWs? As a class they're the most aggressive and dangerous drivers on the road - at least in my experience. I can't count the number of times I've seen BMWs speeding, running yellow and red lights, failing to stop for pedestrians, tailgating, failing to signal, cutting people off and just generally acting like fools on the road. As far as I'm concerned, BMW stands for "Belligerent Motorist! Warning!"



Stephen Fitzpatrick said...

See, for me, it's Audis. I give them a wide berth due to a perceived higher incidence of aggression. BMWs more often than not have some civil person at the wheel, of a conservative demeanour.

Unless they're red! Then it's 'hey, lookit me!' while you try to stay clear...


Colin said...

Mercedes drivers. They all seem to be complete tools.