It’s funny how we all recognise confirmation bias in others but a loath to see it in ourselves.
Yet it is only human – and in fact the desire to fit new evidence into existing models in our mind does play an important role in attempts to understand the real world. At the same time, one must realise that our mental models do not correspond exactly to reality, no matter how good they are, or we think they are.
That is why it is important to develop the skills to recognise when our mental models really are out of step with new evidence, with reality.
Julia Galef trains people to do this. To learn to change their mind. She described the process in her talk at TAM 2014.