Contrarian opinions, confirmation bias…

Once you no longer have a need for a contrary opinion, you’ve settled into a religious faith.

Though most of the material I read is confirmation bias stuff. I’ve got no problem with that, I’ve got an opinion or perspective, I pick up books that talk about it in a way that will be enjoyable or exciting or engaging (and hopefully all of those to various degrees). Like music. I don’t listen to music that I don’t enjoy, I’m not an academic or scientist and there’s enough material out there on most of the topics I’m interested in that I don’t have to read contrarian works.

Most of the time, at least. There are a few cases where my interests aren’t shared with enough people to have advocates erudite enough to write a body of contemporary works. So when I’m not reading blogs or mailing lists I’ll pick up a book by an author on the other side of the question.

It’s good, certainly, for the possibility that a strong argument can be made to change my opinion or show me an aspect that I haven’t considered.

In other news, I’ve got the first half of the first proper UAVH episode ready to go (it features things from this blog, but the second half will be “new”) and I’ll be releasing another book soon.

I’m also considering book blogging. Posting the progress of a book in the works. Since they progress fairly slowly at times, I think it may be interesting. Cover design concepts, type selection, etc. etc. Haven’t decided what project to do.

There’s an interview on Pajamas TV with the (a?) guy behind MPI, a film company using the internet to promote and distribute films outside of the studio system. I don’t know of a way to embed that video here, so I’m just putting the link above.

Here’s the trailer for 2081, a yet-to-be-released film from MPI that I’m really exciting to see: