Above the Noise: Myles Bess Tackles the Science Behind Fake News


Myles Bess explores the intriguing phenomenon of why our brains are drawn to fake news in his Above the Noise video. Despite having unprecedented access to information, our brains are susceptible to cognitive biases, with confirmation bias being a key player. Bess delves into the science behind this bias, explaining how our brains reward us with dopamine for confirming existing beliefs. He highlights the challenges of changing established conclusions, even when presented with contradictory evidence. To combat confirmation bias, Bess offers a three-step plan: recognize, consider, and research.

Discussion Points:


How does the inactivity of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the activation of the orbitofrontal cortex contribute to confirmation bias, based on Bess’s explanation?

  • Explore the neurological aspects of belief formation and how different brain regions influence reasoning and emotional responses.

              Timestamp | 00:00 – 02:58


In what ways does Tomi Lahren’s experience with a shift in stance on abortion illustrate the challenges individuals face when deviating from their tribe’s beliefs?

  • Reflect on the social pressures and consequences associated with expressing views that diverge from one’s ideological group.

              Timestamp | 02:58 – 03:49


How effective might the three-step plan suggested by Bess be in helping individuals navigate and overcome confirmation bias?

  • Research and evaluate the steps in addressing cognitive biases.

              Timestamp | 03:49 – 05:06