July 31st, 2011

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Supernatural University: The Pitfalls of Confirmatory Bias

 

Supernatural University: The Pitfalls of Confirmatory Bias
 

I spent several hours Saturday, July 16, 2011 at the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) Training Center listening to a presentation on and reviewing the evidence from the NTSB investigation of the explosion of TWA flight 800 off the coast of New York, which happened 15 years ago. I can hear you asking what the investigation of a demon-free plane crash has to do with Supernatural, and the answer is this: it gave me an enhanced perspective on one of the many psychological reasons for things that have happened both inside the show in the relationship between the brothers, and outside the show in the fandom itself, including the constant Sam-girl versus Dean-girl bitchy debates over which brother is supposedly being favored or ignored on the show. Welcome to a new Supernatural University psychology seminar on the topic of confirmatory bias!

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