How to Find the Truth
Seemed appropriate that I contribute something to this topic as some organizations don't want you to know that finding the truth is easy. You might find the Bonus Material section useful too.
Finding the truth only requires two things:
- Multiple sources.
- Diverse sources.
These can give you objectivity. Per the merriam-webster.com dictionary: expressing or dealing with facts or conditions as perceived without distortion by personal feelings, prejudices, or interpretations.
So acquiring Objectivity is critical to see the truth in anything.
Truth Fun Facts
Inaction vs. Ignorance
Many politicians feel you are too ignorant to take the time to see things as they are. They think you'd rather be handed what to think from a single jaded source. Is this truth stuff too much work?
Actually it is really easy!
- Use the Media Bias Chart to create links to multiple and diverse news sources.
- For a news story that comes up review it from all points of view using your news links.
Adjust your links from time-to-time to ensure your sources are current.
Media Bias Chart
If you find other sources that prove to be factual other than the Media Bias Chart use that too. BEFORE you criticize them why don't you visit them and get to know who and what they are. They are real people you can actually contact and talk to not some monolithic agency pushing some point of view.
Some topics to see the truth on might be:
- Qualified Immunity
- Trump Impeachment
- Mueller Report
Journalist Reality Check
Armed with truth you may find:
- The majority of legit journalist did not spend gargantuan time, effort and assets getting a degree only to report misinformation for a living. That was not their life's dream.
- Only politicians, that don't want the truth about them reported, are threatened by journalist and news agencies.
Again, dont take my word for it. Commit yourself to truth by using these principles and see if you find the same.
- "He who has nothing to hide hides nothing."
- "If you listen to sources on the other side you will learn facts that have been kept from you."
Armed with this basic but ruthlessly potent knowledge, you can think for yourself. You can see things as they are. You don't need to have someone tell you how to think. Moreover, go ahead and prove it for yourself.
Welcome to the real world.
Bonus Material Section
How to tell if you are in a cult.
- You believe no bad news on your candidate can be true.
- You only believe ideas from your favorite candidate\party and see all other ideas as wrong.
- You only listen to news sources that agree with your point of view and they almost never have anything bad to say about your favorite candidate\party.
You are allowed to know the truth. Just listen to multiple and diverse news sources.
Carl Sagan's Baloney Detection Kit
If your go-to news source routinely has stories that do not pass this, perhaps it is not a legit news source.
- Wherever possible there must be independent confirmation of the “facts.”
- Encourage substantive debate on the evidence by knowledgeable proponents of all points of view.
- Arguments from authority carry little weight — “authorities” have made mistakes in the past. They will do so again in the future. Perhaps a better way to say it is that in science there are no authorities; at most, there are experts.
- Spin more than one hypothesis. If there’s something to be explained, think of all the different ways in which it could be explained. Then think of tests by which you might systematically disprove each of the alternatives. What survives, the hypothesis that resists disproof in this Darwinian selection among “multiple working hypotheses,” has a much better chance of being the right answer than if you had simply run with the first idea that caught your fancy.
- Try not to get overly attached to a hypothesis just because it’s yours. It’s only a way station in the pursuit of knowledge. Ask yourself why you like the idea. Compare it fairly with the alternatives. See if you can find reasons for rejecting it. If you don’t, others will.
- Quantify. If whatever it is you’re explaining has some measure, some numerical quantity attached to it, you’ll be much better able to discriminate among competing hypotheses. What is vague and qualitative is open to many explanations. Of course there are truths to be sought in the many qualitative issues we are obliged to confront, but finding them is more challenging.
- If there’s a chain of argument, every link in the chain must work (including the premise) — not just most of them.
- Occam’s Razor. This convenient rule-of-thumb urges us when faced with two hypotheses that explain the data equally well to choose the simpler.
- Always ask whether the hypothesis can be, at least in principle, falsified. Propositions that are untestable, unfalsifiable are not worth much. Consider the grand idea that our Universe and everything in it is just an elementary particle — an electron, say — in a much bigger Cosmos. But if we can never acquire information from outside our Universe, is not the idea incapable of disproof? You must be able to check assertions out. Inveterate skeptics must be given the chance to follow your reasoning, to duplicate your experiments and see if they get the same result.