by Chance Palm

It is time for me to write my column. That means it time to get deep with deep thoughts and deep feelings. I personally am a bit scared, too. I am scared because I don’t know how people are going to react to my feelings and emotions. Everyone has a bias. We all perceive the world differently because of our bias. We all have a different brains, which give us a different way to perceive the world. Our brains are our last source of information. Our brains makes inferences and reasoning for us, and it’s is not always right.
Such as early this summer, when the color of a dress became the true number-one problem facing America or even the world. Some psychologist said that part of the reason people say the dress was blue and black or white and gold was because the person who had already made up there minds was showing the person who had not seen it what they thought the color was beforehand giving them a bias. Psychologist in the late 1970’s hooked up an MRI to people who held strong opinions on Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter. What they did was they told the people who liked Reagan things endorse their feelings on him, and it lit up their analytical side. Then when they told them things attacking their ideas on Reagan, it lit up the emotional side. Same goes for the Jimmy Carter supporters. Bias is less of a pair of  cool shades and more of a physiological condition. Even if it’s a physiological condition, it is one that we all share. We all have the bias in some way or another, whether about politics or about a dress.
We all have different a bias, too, completely different from others. We have this bias because of ourselves. Our brains are the last stop of information. Our brains make inferences about the world we are often not aware of. So the way we perceive the world is often subjective.
It could be different for every one of us. It makes the world like an abstract painting. As one person sees it as a big yummy jam sandwich, another may see it as a meaningless squiggly line. Now, in a perfect world, the man who sees the sandwich in the painting could explain why he sees the jam sandwich and the squiggly line man could do the same, and everyone goes about their day. But unfortunately, this is not a perfect world. The jam sandwich man may get angry that the other does not see the same, and the squiggly line man may say that the man who sees a sandwich is dumb. All because of our own individual bias and refusal to accept others’ bias.