An interesting study of an important skill: critical ignoring.
I think I check external sources all the time. If I read something new about a certain topic, I look for someone I know has specialised in that topic and ask if it's true.
Is this a luxury you only have if you are in an environment of scientists?
It's very valuable to know someone well enough so that you can (almost) blindly trust them in their domain. You can't be an expert in everything.
I also try to use the lessons by Harold Jarche: https://jarche.com/2020/04/learning-in-the-time-of-corona/
"Personal Knowledge Mastery (PKM) is like breathing in and out. We breathe in through our networks, filtering knowledge and making sense through conversations and actions. We breathe out by sharing what we know and have learned."
For the past years I think I have mostly been breathing in, so I'm still figuring out how I could and should share (produce) more myself.
@Erik another cause for conspiracy theories is governments not being honest to civilians...like most of the time. Take our fine prime minister Mark Rutte for instance. He is most likely the most trusted liar in the Netherlands. It is nearly impossible to not come up with conspiracies when talking about the things he has misdone to our country.
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