Declaration of interest
Interest is a vague notion that partially overlaps with ideological bias. We usually understand personal self-interest as ambitions and concerns that might result in financial, political, professional etc. benefits for the individual. Since I have emeritus status and don’t expect to generate any income from my current work, I have no economic interests in the autobiographical research described on this website. Nor am I attached to any political group or party which could promote me to a power position. My only interest is professional, in the sense that the (hopefully) high quality of my work may have additional beneficial consequences for my professional reputation.
Whereas self-interest has to do with ambitions for the future, ideological bias is the more or less subconscious result of one’s life history, education, social position and experiences. I’m an old man now, with few ambitions for the future, but conversely I have accumulated seven decades of experiences and opinions which undoubtedly influence my present views of the world, my own self, and the value of autobiography and memoir work. Therefore I believe that my (self-perceived) ideological bias is much more important than my self-interest in the usual narrow sense.
On this page I list a number of such biases which I were aware of when I began this work in 2015. The list will probably become more comprehensive as a consequence of my reading of the archival material and my continual uncovering of memories.